The visiting Smithton Tigers scored the first seven points of the game and led by as much as 23 on the way to a 71-50 victory Monday over LaMonte.
Smithton moves to 9-3 with the victory, while the Vikings fall to 1-6 on the season.
Drew Apsher got the scoring started for the Tigers with a three-point jumper on the first possession of the game. Smithton was on a 7-0 run before Cole Cave broke the Vikings’ drought with a pair of free throws.
Out of the 15 Tigers that played in the game, 14 of them scored. Apsher led the Smithton offense with 20 points.
The Tigers raced to a 29-10 with 0.4 seconds to play in the first quarter. Smithton head coach Rich Pond said an early lead was in the game plan.
“We’re pretty much a pressing team, so we usually get out pretty fast,” Pond said.
In an effort to counter Smithton offense thriving off a fast-break attack, LaMonte made a point to pass the ball inside against staunch frontcourt defense. The Vikings were outscored just 11-10 in the second quarter and trailed 40-20 at halftime.
Vikings head coach Kevin Matz said his team, while undersized, played with no fear.
“We’re always the smallest team on the floor,” Matz said. “That’s LaMonte basketball.
“The things we’re having problems with are very correctable. This team has no fear … we’ve got a long ways to go, we’re going to take our lumps this year, but it’s going to make us better team in the long haul.”
LaMonte cut the deficit to 10 points in the third quarter before a 7-0 Vikings run pushed their lead to 56-29.
Andy Tripp, a 5-foot-4 freshman guard for Smithton, checked into the game in the third quarter and hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter for his only points of the game. Brendan Galloway’s mid range jumper bounced straight up and into the hoop for Smithton’s final points of the game.
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