2014-01-26 / Sports

Montrose cagers handle Perry, 72-61

MONTROSE – Thanks to a solid third quarter, the Montrose varsity cagers came away with a 72-61 win over visiting Perry on Friday night.

The Rams started with a 23-20 lead in the first quarter, and out-scored the Ramblers 11-10 to take a 34-30 lead into the locker room at the break. Montrose then came out and doubled up on the visitors, 17-8 in the third quarter. The Ramblers came up with a 23-21 edge in the fourth, but couldn’t bridge the gap.

“In the third quarter, we held them to eight points and got a nice lead,” said Montrose coach Jason Danek. “We led by 14 a couple of times. Then they made a run in the fourth. Perry shot around 60 percent in the first half, and only around 40 percent in the second half. That was big, too.”

The Rams finished the night shooting 26 of 57 from the floor, for 46 percent, and 15 of 21 from the line, for 71 percent. They also had 30 rebounds, 19 assists and just 10 turnovers.

Perry finished shooting 20 of 43 from the floor, for 47 percent, and 13 of 18 from the charity stripe, for 72 percent. The Ramblers had 28 rebounds, but gave up 17 turnovers.

Malik Taylor led the Rams with 19 points and seven rebounds. Riley Warren chipped in 15 points and four assists. Antonieo McMillion added 11 points with three assists and three steals. Jeff Long had 10 points and three boards. Brandon Smith canned seven points. Jahred Long grabbed seven rebounds to go with six assists, two points and no turnovers.

“This was a good team win for us,” assessed Danek. “A lot of guys did positive things for the team tonight. That’s always nice to see. We need to toughen up our defense a little bit, though.”

With the win, the Rams improved to 5-2 on the season, 2-2 in the Genesee Area Conference Red Division.

On Monday, Jan. 20, the Rams hosted Bay City John Glenn and came away with a 70-59 win over the Bobcats.

Montrose out-scored the Bobcats 21-10 in the first quarter and 16-10 in the second for a comfortable 37-20 lead at halftime. Then the struggles began, with John Glenn out-gunning the Rams 21-9 in the third. The Rams got things righted in the fourth for a 24-18 run to close out the game.

“We had a really good first half, but didn’t play well in the third quarter,” said Danek. “We did play well down the stretch though in crunch time. We still have to work on defense.”

Montrose shot 20 of 55 from the floor, for 36 percent, while the visitors hit 20 of 40, for 50 percent. The big difference was at the free throw line. The Rams capitalized on 28 of 32 chances for 88 percent, while the Bobcats hit just 13 of 20 for 65 percent.

The Rams had 28 rebounds, 16 steals and nine turnovers to John Glenn’s 24 rebounds and 22 turnovers.

Taylor hit for 24 points and six boards to lead the Rams. McMillion had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven steals. Jahred Long had 15 points, five rebounds and four steals. Jeff Long had 10 points.

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