HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
JUNIOR HIGH SPORTS
Varsity Boys vs Union 12/20/13
December 21, 2013Monroe Central Jr.- Sr. High School
Written By Sam Wilson of the Star Press--PARKER CITY — Tom Byrum never got the timeout he wanted. The Monroe Central boys basketball coach isn’t complaining.
Just before his planned timeout, junior Cody Woolf hit a 3-pointer to tie Friday’s boys basketball game against Union. Woolf’s basket, which came with 15 seconds remaining, ultimately sent the game into overtime, and Monroe Central pulled away to a 67-60 home victory in the extra period.
Woolf finished the game with 14 points, nine of them coming in the fourth quarter or overtime.
“I’m thankful that he pulled the trigger,” Byrum said. “I think it’s a huge shot. You’re a junior out there with four seniors, and you’re talking about four seniors that get a lot of shots in our offense. And for him to step up and pull that trigger like that, I thought it says a lot for him. And I’m glad he made it.”
For Monroe Central, the victory looms large in the conference standings, moving the Golden Bears to 2-0 in Mid-Eastern Conference play and dropping the Rockets to 2-1 in MEC games.
“I’ve got the utmost respect for Union, what they’ve done in the past and obviously this year, too,” Byrum said. “No. 5 (Michael Jackson) is a heck of a ballplayer, and we didn’t do a good job of keeping him out of the paint. But I think it’s a great win for us.”
Monroe Central (3-1 overall) built a 26-14 lead by halftime, the Golden Bears’ deliberate tempo slowing down the pace, with Union (4-2 overall) struggling to score. The Golden Bears scored the first 10 points of the game.
Union picked up the tempo in the second half, with Jackson and fellow guard Spencer Shore attacking the basket and moving the game at a faster pace. Jackson scored 13 points in the third quarter to help his team begin its comeback. Shore scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to complete that comeback, helping Union take the lead late before Woolf’s 3-pointer sent the game into overtime Shore hit a 3-pointer in the middle of the fourth quarter that tied the game after the Rockets had trailed throughout.
Shore finished the game with 23 points to lead Union, while Jackson came in right behind him with 22 points. Nick Glaser also scored in double-figures, finishing with 13 points.
Union coach Jeff Holloway picked out a few plays in the fourth quarter and overtime that he said proved pivotal in the loss.
“I don’t think the game should have got to overtime,” Holloway said. “I think we missed in the last minute, under a minute, three or four free throws. And I think (if) we make one or two of those, the 3-point shot at the end there never matters. But once they made that big shot, I don’t think we played very smart there in overtime.”
Monroe Central had four players reach double figures. Jake Combs led with 21 points, while Woolf and Bracken Barga each scored 14. Chase Bly had a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Monroe Central 67, Union 60