Ponies Squeak Past Comets


February 7, 2019

Photo courtesy of Julie Garrison

Monticello's Peter Gustafson takes a jump shot in the lane in the game against Albany.

On February 2nd, the Monticello Ponies boys basketball team hosted the Albany Comets for a game that was rescheduled from January 31st due to the severely cold weather. It was a close first half, with the teams trading the lead back and forth. The Comets were ahead with 4:30 left in the first, but the Ponies went on a 9-0 run to tie it up before the buzzer. The game was tied at 21.

The second half was again very close, and with 9:05 left the game was tied at 37. The Ponies scored four baskets in a row to take the lead, but the Comets came back with a 7-0 run to come within 1 with 4:13 left in the game. The Ponies hung on and claimed a 6-point victory. The final score was Monticello 53, Albany 47.

"In the second half we did a little better job of taking care of the ball, and went 9-12 from the free throw line to seal the game," said Coach Mark Olson.

Leading the Ponies with 21 points and 5 rebounds was Peter Gustafson. Reece Rufer scored 14 points and had 4 rebounds, Jeffrey Ace scored 10 points and had 6 rebounds and Simon Blohowiak scored 8 points.

The team hosts Pecatonica on February 8th, Cassville on February 9th and Benton on February 11th.

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