St. Joseph-Ogden went on an 11-1 run in the final 2:21 of regulation to stun Monticello 51-49 in Illini Prairie Conference boys basketball action Tuesday night from Monticello High School.
The Spartans trailed 48-40 after Ryan Reeder made a baseline bank shot but the Spartans forced three turnovers in the final two minutes and rallied in a game they trailed by 13 at the break to stun the Sages on their home court in a game that was moved up thanks to cold temperatures Tuesday night.
Monticello trailed 13-12 after the first quarter but took control in the second quarter, outscoring St. Joe 20-6 to take a 32-19 lead into the half.
The Sages lack of offensive efficiency and untimely turnovers ultimately allowed the Spartans to gradually come back.
Monticello shot just 34.7-percent from the floor and was outrebounded 15-9 in the second half. The Sages also shot just 6-for-20 in the second half from the floor and were 0-for-6 from three in the second half.
The Sages, generally known for their ability to score close to the basket, were outscored in the paint 28-26 as 6-foot-4 seniors Joel Orcutt and Jack Cook combined for 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
Each scored 12 points apiece. Cook grabbed eight rebounds to Orcutt’s five and Orcutt dished out four assists.
Chance Izard led all scorers with 17 points, making 5-of-9 three-point attempts, four coming in the second half.
Reeder led the Sages with 13 points.
Monticello drops their third straight in the Illini Prairie and third straight overall to fall to 15-6 and 1-3 in league play.
St. Joe is now 14-7 and 4-0 in Illini Prairie action.
Monticello will remain at home for a conference tilt with IVC Friday at 7 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Tuesday afternoon, Monticello announced their Saturday night game at Meridian has been canceled and will not be made up.