Ponies Begin Season Undefeated
December 10, 2020
The Monticello Ponies varsity boys basketball team opened their season with a home game against Parkview on Tuesday, December 1st. The Ponies were ahead 32-24 at the half and outscored the visitors to secure a 64-45 victory.
The Ponies jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first six minutes of play and the Vikings fought back with a 17-7 run before the Ponies scored the last four points of the first half to lead at the break.
"It was an often times sloppy game, however we played a cleaner second half and were able to stretch the lead a little to win," commented Coach Mark Olson.
Peter Gustafson was the high scorer for the Ponies with 31 points. He also had 10 rebounds. Rudy Wicker scored 9 points and had 5 rebounds, Evan Guenther scored 8 points, Logan Blum scored 6 points and Tristin Flanagan pulled down 10 rebounds.
The Ponies hosted Albany on December 3rd. Monticello held a very commanding 43-14 lead at the half and won the game with a final score of 69-26.
"We were able to force a few turnovers to create easy baskets in the first half to take a lead," said Olson. "It was a special night as Peter Gustafson scored his 1,000th point on a dunk near the start of the second half. Overall, I was much happier with our defense and our improved patience on the offensive end. We are very grateful to be able to play basketball!"
Peter is the 16th Monticello boys basketball player to reach the 1,000 point milestone. The others are: Harvey Elmer, Class of 1951; Bob Zweifel, Class of 1953; Don Karlen, Class of 1955; Jim Zweifel, Class of 1958; Elmer Lemon, Class of 1961; Fritz Benkert, Class of 1967; Roger Gibbons, Class of 1969; Randy Zuber, Class of 1972; Dave Getman, Class of 1974; Keith Hoesly, Class of 1979; Kurt Johnson, Class of 1989; Dan Teasdale, Class of 1993; Tyler Ritschard, Class of 2011; Ben May, Class of 2015; Reece Rufer, Class of 2020.
Monticello took a 15 point lead in the first six minutes of the game and went on a 28-4 run to close out the first half. The Ponies substituted often in the second half, but dominated in scoring to win the game.
Leading the Ponies, and scoring his 1,000th career point on a dunk, was Peter Gustafson with 32 points and 5 rebounds. Rudy Wicker scored 14 points and had 5 rebounds, Lucas Heiser scored 7 points, Tristin Flanagan scored 6 points and pulled down 4 rebounds and Kade Ace had 4 rebounds.
On December 5th, the Ponies made the trek to Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells to take on Royall. Leading 23-11 at the half, Monticello easily outscored Royall in the second half to win the game with a final score of 51-24.
Royall took a lead early in the game, but Peter Gustafson scored three 2-pointers in a row to put the Ponies back in the lead. Gustafson's 3-point shot at the buzzer secured their lead going in to halftime. With 14 minutes left in the game, Monticello went on a 20-0 run to go up 47-18 with just under five minutes left in the game.
"It wasn't a pretty game, but I was happy with our defense against a team that was quite physical," said Coach Olson.
With 23 points, Peter Gustafson led the Ponies in scoring; he also had 10 rebounds. Rudy Wicker scored 14 points and had 4 rebounds, Tristin Flanagan scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds and Evan Guenther scored 4 points.
Monticello hosted Black Hawk on December 8th and have a week-long break before hosting Belmont on December 15th and then they play at Argyle on December 17th.