Ben Singleton picked up his first double-double but Monticello’s two leading scorers were held down and the Sages lost for the first time this season, 37-35 to Ridgeview in pool play at the Monticello Holiday Hoopla.
Singleton led the Sages with 12 points and ten rebounds. He scored nine points in the first half, helping Monticello keep pace with the Mustangs after Calvin Fisher and Nick Stokowski left with foul trouble. Stokowski only played five minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.
Monticello trailed Ridgeview 17-16 at the intermission.
The Sages surged ahead in the third quarter after Jacob Donaldson picked up his third and fourth fouls. Monticello finished the third quarter on a 10-2 run after trailing 22-16 to start the quarter.
Donaldson quickly picked up his fifth foul 19 seconds into the fourth quarter but Monticello could not capitalize.
The Sages looked to be in control with a 33-29 advantage at the 4:50 mark of the fourth, but Ridgeview took control defensively and the Sages could not find a good shot as they missed their last seven shots.
A desperation three with time running out was no good by Fisher but he was fouled on the play with 0.4 seconds and missed the first of the three free throws, making the second and an offensive rebound chance for the Sages fell short as time expired.
Justin Myers scored 14 points to lead all scorers for Ridgeview. Despite missing virtually the entire fourth quarter, Donaldson finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. Tristan Campbell scored six points with a pair of fourth quarter three’s, one for the go-ahead score from top of the key that gave Ridgeview a 34-33 lead and then from the left wing that broke a 34-all tie with 50 seconds left.
Fisher finished with nine points and six rebounds. He was 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. Stokowski added eight points and nine rebounds.
The Sages only committed nine turnovers and controlled the glass 37-27, however, they could only get eight points off turnovers and six second chance points. The Sages downfall was the shot making, as they went just 15-for-50 from the floor, for 30-percent.
The Sages will play in the 3rd/4th place game Saturday night at 6 pm at Monticello High School. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.