Monticello held off Champaign St. Thomas More Tuesday night for a 54-51 victory as the Sabres frantic fourth-quarter rally fell short in Illini Prairie Conference boys basketball action Tuesday night in Champaign.
The Sabres rallied for a 16-9 fourth quarter advantage, rallying with a 9-0 run over a minute and 52 seconds. A Riley Morris layup with 1:39 cut the Sabres deficit to 52-51 but a Ben Singleton basket with 27-seconds allowed Monticello escape with the final 54-51 margin.
13 of the Sabres final 16 points came off either turnovers or offensive rebounds.
Bryson Lee recorded a double-double for Champaign St. Thomas More with 11 points and ten rebounds. Morris led all scorers with 17 points. Bobby Kapolnek added 13 points for the Sabres.
Garrett Kepley and Ryan Reeder led the Sages with 12 points apiece and Singleton added 11 points and nine rebounds. Devin Graham scored six points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out five assists.
In survival mode, the Sages improve to 17-6 overall and 3-3 in the Illini Prairie while STM drops to 12-11.
The Sages continue a three-game road stretch against private schools Friday when they take on Bloomington Central Catholic in Bloomington Friday night. Tip time from BCC High School is 7 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.