Ethan Miller broke a tie with a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter and then hit a go-ahead three with 5:18 left as Monticello held off Ridgeview 38-35 from the Monticello Holiday Hoopla basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Miller’s second three of the fourth quarter gave Monticello a 31-29 advantage and Devin Graham hit a three with 4:18 left that stretched the advantage to 34-29. Graham later sealed the win with a pair of free throws to make the score 38-32 with six seconds left.
Monticello’s leading scorer Ben Singleton exited with 2:06 in the first quarter with foul trouble. The Sages have struggled recently without Singleton in the lineup but the Sages outscored Ridgeview 11-6 the rest of the half to take an 18-12 advantage into the half.
Graham led all scorers with 17 points, his second straight game with 17. He finished 4-for-4 from the free throw line and 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. Miller added eight points and Alek Bundy and David Alexander each grabbed a team-high four rebounds.
Ryan Parker finished with a double-double for the Mustangs with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Neither team shot exceptionally well. Ridgeview finished 36% (14-for-39) from the floor while Monticello shot 39% (14-for-36) from the floor.
Monticello improves to 10-2 overall and will play for third place in the Hoople tomorrow (Friday) night at 6 pm.
Ridgeview drops to 6-7 overall.
Hear boys third place action at 6 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. Hear girls third place action as well from the Hoopla at 4 pm also on WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.