Smithton boy’s basketball outclassed La Monte in size, depth and basketball moxie Tuesday in a 75-32 victory at home.
Against the Tigers’ reserves, La Monte floundered clean looks with unsteady ball control, further emphasizing the gap between teams as the Smithton lead inflated.
Vikings head coach Kevin Matz said the lack of confidence his team displayed was disappointing, especially after an encouraging practice on Monday.
“They kept shooting the ball, and it was more throwing the ball up there,” Matz said. “The more they shot, the worse they got and when you get into a funk like that, it just takes away from the rest of the game. It was just a domino effect tonight.
“We’re young and we’re getting there. We have a good game, we have a bad game. Smithton’s a good team.”
All 13 Smithton players with minutes scored Tuesday against a La Monte team that started one senior and four underclassmen. Drew Apsher led the Tigers with 15 points, Nate Walsh had 13 and Eric Culp scored seven.
Sparking a lively reaction from the resting Smithton starters on the bench, senior Trevor Brown scored with less than two minutes to play, extending the Tigers’ lead to 71-32. Brown was 0-for-1 from three.
Apsher and Walsher were benefactors of Smithton’s fast-break offense, generating a 24-6 first-quarter lead with a flurry of outlet passes and unguarded layups.
Zach Weber was the lone Viking in double digits, leading La Monte with 11 points.
Smithton hosts Sacred Heart 6 p.m. Friday. La Monte welcomes Stover to town 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2