The Monticello Sages outscored Olympia 39-11 in the second half and ran away after a slow start, 66-39 in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Monticello Middle School.
The game was filled with a few quirks. To start, the two teams are now Illini Prairie Conference opponents, but Saturday’s matchup did not count towards their conference marks. Additionally, a water main break earlier in the day Friday shifted the site of the game to Monticello Middle School.
Monticello shot 8-for-23 in the first half then finished 12-for-22 in the second half and shot 22-for-25 at the foul line.
Ben Singleton scored 11 of his game high 16 points in the second quarter and accounted for 11 of Monticello’s 15 points in the second quarter to help keep the Sages close as their leading scorers Luke Stokowski and Calvin Fisher combined for nine points in the first half and finished 11 apiece.
The Sages forced 22 turnovers resulting in 28 points.
Leading 34-30 with 3:05 left in the third, Spartans leading scorer, Trey Wilson picked up his fourth personal foul and was hit with a technical foul as he was being substituted for and was subsequently out of the game.
Prior to the technical foul, Singleton made the first of two free throws, he made both technicals foul shots but missed the second of the two personal foul free throws and Stokowski made a layup to complete the five-point possession.
The Spartans converted just one field goal in the third quarter and Olympia went scoreless for 10:49 between the third and fourth quarters.
Dalton Spencer led the Spartans with 14 points and dished out a game high four assists. Wilson added 12 points, all in the first half.
Singleton pulled down a game high six rebounds.
The Spartans drop to 6-8 overall. The two squads will match up in mid-February for the Illini Prairie Conference finale for both teams.
Monticello is not 9-1 overall and will host Clinton Tuesday night at 7:30 pm.
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