Eagles fall in first round loss to Montrose
BY HEIDI ZENEFSKI
The Montrose boys basketball team took a win in the first round of playoffs over Mountain View but was narrowly knocked out of contention in Saturday’s quarterfinals by Mid Valley.
Coach Spencer Lunger and the number 11 seeded Mountain View Eagles rolled into Montrose on Thursday night for the first round of District II Class AA playoffs.
The Eagles with a 4-8 record in district play had a tough road ahead of them as they faced the number 6 seeded Meteors with a 10-2 district record.
In the first quarter, Mountain View was held scoreless while the Meteors posted 10 including two 3-pointers from Montrose big man, Brenton Warner, and a basket each from Jack Fruehan and Austin Smith.
The Meteors also out rebounded the Eagles in the first quarter 6-2.
Montrose turned the ball over six times, but the Eagles failed to capitalize on those mistakes.
Mountain View bounced back in the second quarter and outscored the Meteors 11-10 with points scored for Mt. View by Seniors Nick Schermerhorn, Derek Bradley, and Brett Crowley, who made the first 3-pointer of the night for Mt. View.
But Montrose dominated under the basket again out rebounding the Eagles 8-2, but didn’t convert all of those rebounds to points, haunted by five more turnovers costing them precious opportunities to score.
Points were scored for the Meteors by Troy Ely, Smith, Erik Burgh, and Frank Fruehan.
Montrose was up 20-11 at the half but the momentum of the game had switched and favored the Eagles.
Mountain View carried that momentum into the third period – but Montrose was also ready to do battle as the teams played a fairly even game both offensively and defensively.
The Eagles held the edge on the offense, outscoring Montrose 15-14; Chad Wescott dropped in two 3-points and Schermerhorn put in another to give their team a scoring spark. Bradley made two baskets and Schermerhorn added two more points.
At the other end of the court, Cameron Dean scored two baskets and went three for four from the foul line, Warner put in five points and Frank Fruehan added in another basket.
Both teams marked eight rebounds during the third quarter with Mt. View’s Deon Faramelli snagging four of them. Bradley grabbed two more and Schermerhorn and Chris White each picked up a rebound for the Eagles.
Montrose’s rebounding was all about Warner who snatched five of them and had a blocked shot. Dean had two rebounds, and Smith had one rebound and a steal.
The Meteors protected the ball better with only three turnovers.
The third quarter ended with Montrose up by 8, 34-26.
The final eight minutes of play had fans from both teams on the edge of their seats. Mt. View fans realized that their team had a chance to win as the underdogs while Montrose fans willed their team to step up and play harder to secure the victory and not allow the season to abruptly end.
Both teams were in foul danger each one in the bonus so foul shots made a huge difference in the last quarter.
Jack Fruehan, Smith and Warner were each a perfect two for two from the foul line and Dean added another foul shot. These seven points were the icing on the cake for Montrose who outscored the Eagles 15-9 in the last quarter.
Baskets were also scored by Jack Fruehan, Warner and two by Dean.
Mt. View’s points were scored by Bradley and Schemerhorn.
With 5:25 left to go in the game, Mt. View’s Chris White was given a technical foul for pushing one of Montrose’s players after the whistle was blown for a time out. He was removed from the game, but went back in 20 seconds later when Faramelli fouled out.
The Meteors again out rebounded the Eagles 9-7; Dean had 5 and Ely and Warner each grabbed two. Mt. View rebounds were made by Bryan Owens with three, Jesse Gerfin, Wescott, and Bradley each with one.
In the end the Eagles did not get the win, but played hard and didn’t go down without a fight.
Montrose got the win 49-35 and advanced to the second round of playoffs against Mid-Valley on Saturday, Feb. 22.
When the game was over, so was Mt. View’s season. There were a lot of tears from the parents, players, and the bookkeeper for the Eagles who has been with the team since they were in 7th grade. She was sad to see it end, which was the reason for the tears of the players and the parents.
Coach Lunger said he was “very happy. As a first year coach the players made it easy. The six seniors led the underclassmen and made every day in practice easy.”
Lunger said he is looking forward to coming back next season and appreciated the support he received from the Mountain View community, fans, and the administration.
In other first round playoff action last week:
Holy Cross, 69
Blue Ridge, 33
Michael Allen led the No. 13 Blue Ridge Raiders with nine points in a 69-33 loss against the fourth seeded Holy Cross.
Allen points all came from 3-point shots.
Alex Cardoza posted 7 points; Austin White scored 5, and Austin Darrow earned 4 for the Raiders.
Elk Lake, 71
At Elk Lake, Tanner Reyan scored 28 points to lead the top-seeded Warriors.
Matt Woolcock added 19 points for Elk Lake and Pete McGee scored 11.
The Warrior win set up the team to face off against Riverside in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Riverside defeated Lackawanna Trail in the first round.