Meteors claim win over Blue Ridge

Raider Brad Palmatier (#35) drives to the basket as Montrose’s Brenton Warner defends. PHOTO BY HEIDI ZENFSKI

Raider Brad Palmatier (#35) drives to the basket as Montrose’s Brenton Warner defends. PHOTO BY HEIDI ZENFSKI

BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
Sports Correspondent

The Blue Ridge Raiders took on the Montrose Meteors for the third time this season at Montrose on Tuesday, January 28. Having lost in their two previous match-ups, the Raiders were looking for some revenge.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, who are 1-5 in division play and 5-10 overall, it seems that Montrose had their number for the 2013-14 season.

The first quarter was dominated by the Meteors who played hard and fast from the tip off and managed to score an impressive 29 points in the first eight minutes of the game. The 3-point line proved lucrative for Montrose with four scored in the first quarter. Troy Ely and Austin Smith each scored one, and Erik Burgh dropped in two. Brenton Warner added seven points and Ely, Smith, and Burgh also made at least one field goal each to outscore the Raiders by 20 in the first quarter.

The Raiders were held to three baskets made by Austin Darrow, Austin White, and Brad Palmatier; and three foul shots to bring their total to nine points at the end of the quarter.

The game kept getting better each quarter for the Raiders who matched their first quarter score with another nine points in the second, but defensively played better and were able to hold the Meteors to 15 points. Palmatier landed a 3-pointer, Darrow added four more points, and freshman Mike Allen also scored a basket for the Raiders.

Mason Peck rebounds and puts the ball back into the basket for Montrose. PHOTO BY HEIDI ZENFSKI

Mason Peck rebounds and puts the ball back into the basket for Montrose. PHOTO BY HEIDI ZENFSKI

At the other end of the court, Burgh and Smith added two points each as did Jack Fruehan. Sophomore Justin Richel shot from beyond the arch to score three points and Cameron Dean put in six points for Montrose to give the Meteors a 44-18 lead at half-time.

Blue Ridge matched Montrose much more closely during the third quarter scoring 14 points. Palmatier scored his second 3-pointer and White added another. Jarred Mills, Austin Cardoza, and Darrow each made a bucket for the Raiders and Palmatier added one more for good measure.

For Montrose, Ely matched the 3-pointers of the Blue Ridge team by sinking two more and dropped in two more baskets as did Dean. Mason Peck and Dean each scored from the foul line for a total of 16 more points for the Meteors ending the third quarter with a score of Montrose 60, Blue Ridge 32.

The last quarter had Montrose players coming off the bench which benefited Blue Ridge, who also brought in a few players off the bench. Blue Ridge was able to outscore the Meteors for the first time during the game, including a 3-point bucket from freshman Jeff Morris.

Palmatier, White, Mills, Allen, and Steve Jesse each made field goals and Austin Harper and Ty Herbert scored a foul shot each to give the Raider’s 15 points, outscoring the Meteors by two.

From the opposite foul line, Cody Benedict and Andrew Bickford each scored two, Frank Fruehan, Burgh and Dean also scored for Montrose ending the game with a final score of 73-47 in favor of Montrose.

The high scorer for Montrose was Dean with 18 followed by Ely with 14 and Burgh with 12. Blue Ridge’s high scorer was Palmatier with 12 and White with 9.

JV score Montrose 50, Blue Ridge 29