A slow second quarter allowed Williamsville to take the game over and get by Monticello 50-38 in non-conference high school boy's basketball action from Williamsville Tuesday night.
The Sages offense has struggled more than it'd like in the early season. The Sages were held to just one field goal in the second quarter Tuesday night, outscored 13-2.
That negated an excellent start where Monticello led the Bullets 14-10 through the first period.
Monticello was shut out in the final frame of its season-opening loss to Pleasant Plains and scored just two points in the opening quarter of its next game against Riverton. The Sages were able to overcome that slow start to beat the Hawks.
Starting the second quarter, the Bullets kicked the defensive intensity into another gear as the Sages not only struggled to take shots, but make passes.
Monticello turned the ball over 19 times in total and shot just 32 percent from the floor.
Drew Sheppard led the way for Monticello with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. He earned his second consecutive Serv Pro of Piatt/DeWitt County Player of the Game honor.
Trey Welter made four three points in the first quarter to finish with 12 points.
Blake Shoufler led Williamsville with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds. 6-foot-9 senior Jacob Finley had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bullets. Colven Fleck had nine points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Bullets move to 3-0.
Monticello falls to 2-2. They will travel to Mt. Zion Friday night for a non-conference road tilt. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.