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A lackluster first half was by Monticello was quickly erased by a monster second half as the Sages rolled past Olympia 55-26 Friday night in the regular season finale at Monticello High School in boys Illini Prairie Conference action.

 

While never trailing, the Sages only led 20-13 at the half against the Spartans, who entered action with just 2 wins to 25 losses on the season.

 

A poor 26-percent shooting first half that saw the Sages go 2-for-14 from distance was quickly forgotten after Monticello opened up a 20-plus point lead quickly in the third quarter.

 

Monticello outscored Olympia 25-13 in the second half.

 

Garrett Kepley was excellent in sparking a Sages second-half rally as he led all scorers with 14 points off the bench. Ben Singleton added 11 points and four rebounds.

 

Luke Priebe (pre-bee) led Olympia with 12 points off the bench.

 

Monticello controlled the glass 37-27 and dished out 13 assists to just eight turnovers.

 

Additionally, they forced the Spartans into 16 turnovers, leading to 18 points.

 

The Sages wrap up the regular season 20-7 and finish 5-4 in the Illini Prairie Conference. It is their fifth win in six games as they open Regional action next Wednesday.

 

A matchup with the winner between Argenta-Oreana and Warrensburg-Latham awaits them next Wednesday at Monticello Middle School.

 

Game time next Wednesday is at 7 pm. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

 

Olympia wraps up their regular season tomorrow night at Clinton High School.

 

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