The Montevideo boys basketball season came to an end last Thursday at Willmar, as the second-seeded Thunder Hawks fell to third seed New London-Spicer 49-47. Monte ended their season with a 14-11 record.

The Montevideo boys basketball season came to an end last Thursday at Willmar, as the second-seeded Thunder Hawks fell to third seed New London-Spicer 49-47. Monte ended their season with a 14-11 record.

The matchup between Monte and New London-Spicer looked good on paper, and fans of both teams were not disappointed.

The Wildcats built an early lead thanks to some great three-point shooting, and led by a score of 18-9 six minutes into the game.

Monte moved the ball well on offense, but the NL-S defense shut the door on perimeter shots. The T-Hawks did manage to work the ball inside to senior center Andrew Sweeney, who scored eight of Monte’s first 10 points, and nine of his 13 total points in the first half.

The Wildcats led at one point by 11, and at the 3:25 mark they had a 24-15 lead.

Monte’s defense stepped up the pressure and held the Wildcats scoreless through the end of the half.  Good rebounding from Sweeney and  Henry Strunc on the defensive end allowed the T-Hawks offense to chip away at New London-Spicer’s lead, and Monte trailed the Wildcats by five at the half, 24-19.

The Thunder Hawks came out of the locker room looking to even the game up, and early in the second half they tied the game at 31.

Both defenses played tough and points were hard to come by as the offenses were forced to be patient. The Wildcats and Thunder Hawks traded baskets, and although Monte held a three-point lead at one point, neither team could pull away.

Senior guards Riley Emery and Isaac Douglas took control at the offensive end for the Thunder Hawks, with Emery repeatedly driving the lane to attempt layups.

The Wildcats adjusted their defense to put a lid on Sweeney, who only scored four points in the second half.

New London-Spicer took a 45-43 lead with 1:43 to go in the game. Monte didn’t let the game slip away, but they were unable to catch the Wildcats.

Monte was led by Sweeney, who had a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.


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