Meteor boys bumped from playoffs

Dunmore’s Matt Clark blocks the shot of Montrose’s Brenton Warner on Wednesday night in Carbondale. TIMES-SHAMROCK PHOTO/BUTCH COMEGYS

BY JOBY FAWCETT

Times-Shamrock Writer

The Montrose boys’ basketball team was defeated 63-56 by Holy Cross in the District II Class AA playoffs on Saturday at Lackawanna College after taking a loss to Dunmore at Carbondale in a Class AA play-in game on Wednesday night.

Facing Holy Cross, the Meteors were put at an early deficit as the Crusaders paced them 20-2 in the first quarter.

In the second, Montrose outscored Holy Cross 15-10 but still trailed 30-17 at halftime.

“The kids were just super,” Montrose coach Todd Smith said. “We dug ourselves a deep hole. It was as hard as I have ever seen them play in trying to comeback.

“I’m very proud of them.”

In the second half, Holy Cross came out to pace the Meteors 13-9 in the third, and despite a last-ditch effort from Montrose with a 30-20 fourth quarter, Holy Cross picked up the win.

Colby Major led the Meteors with 17 points while Cameron Dean had 14. Tom Lewis dropped in 11 points and Corey Adams scored 10.

On Wednesday, the Meteors fell behind 16-9 after the first quarter and never recovered asDunmorebuilt its lead to 26-18 by halftime.

In the third quarter, the Bucks paced the Meteors 21-14 and then capped off the game with eight points in the fourth.

Montrose coach Todd Smith chose to sit his stunned starters for the last 5:06 of the quarter.

Brenton Warner did all he could coming off the bench, scoring six points and grabbing three rebounds to finish the third for the Meteors.

“I’m in shock,” Smith said. “We played them before and lost by two. I don’t know? We did nothing. We didn’t play good offense or good defense.

Dean led the Meteors with 11 points while Major scored 10 and Warner and Lewis each had six.

The Meteors finish off their season with an 18-9 overall record.