The Montevideo boys basketball team won two of its three games in Marshall's holiday tournament last Wednesday through Friday.
Strong defense has carried the Thunder Haswks to a 4-3 record, as they have held their opponents to an average of 46 points per game.
Montevideo will resume action by hosting Benson in a conference game today (Thursday). The T-Hawks will meet Yellow Medicine East for the second time this season on Tuesday at Granite Falls.
Orono 57, Montevideo 45
Orono pulled away from a three-point halftime lead to defeat the Thunder Hawks last Wednesday at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Montevideo had three players score in double figures — Jesse Brace with 18, Troy Diggins with 12 and Ryan Maroney 10.
Montevideo 53, TMB 52
The T-Hawks edged Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 53-52 in a see-saw battle last Thursday at SMSU.
Jesse Brace was the lone Thunder Hawk to score in double figures, with 13 points, but point guard Ryan Maroney contributed seven points, six rebounds and five
assists. Maroney also made
the key defensive play of the game, taking a charge on a TMB player in the final seconds with Montevideo clinging to a one-point lead.
The T-Hawks had excellent scoring balance, with Jordan Thompson and Spencer Hildahl adding nine points each and Austin Hansen eight.
Montevideo 60, Mankato East 34
The Thunder Hawks broke open a close, low-scoring game with 42 second-half points to down Mankato East 60-34 on Friday at Marshall High School.
Mankato East had beaten
the Thunder Hawks in the same tournament last season.
Jesse Brace led Montevideo with 20 points. Junior forward Jordan Thompson had a hot hand from three-point range, hitting five treys and finishing with 18 points. Junior center Spencer Hildahl pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds. Thompson added eight rebounds as the Thunder Hawks had a 35-26 advantage on the boards.
For the game, Montevideo shot 40 percent (8-for-20) from three-point range.
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