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January 12, 2014
Monroe Central Jr.- Sr. High School

Monroe to play Union for boys title

By Josh Chapin Richmond Palladium-Item WINCHESTER — When Jacob Combs stepped to the free­throw line with 52 seconds re­maining Saturday afternoon, the Monroe Central fanbase rose and gave the Golden Bears a rousing ovation.

Premature? Not on this day. And not with the way Combs and his teammates had played.

Monroe Central knocked the host team out of the Ran­dolph County boys basketball tournament with a 57-40 vic­tory at Winchester Field­house that saw the Golden Bears erase a double-digit deficit in the second half.

Combs scored all 19 of his points in the second half, and Monroe Central missed just one shot from the field during a critical third-quarter stretch that saw it go from be­ing 10 points down to leading Winchester by four.

The Golden Bears will play defending champion Union at 8 p.m. Monday in the final at the fieldhouse. The Rockets advanced by stop­ping Union City 56-38 in Sat­urday’s first semifinal.

“We have five or six sen­iors on the team, and I let them know that this was it. There is no tomorrow,” Mon­roe Central coach Tom By­rum said. “(I told them), ‘If you guys want to cut down the nets, and get the horseshoe back, it’s right now.’ ” The Golden Bears went into halftime down 21-13.

The Falcons quickly stretched that lead to 10 with a basket from Kiante Enis to start the third quarter.

What followed was almost all Golden Bears.

Monroe Central went on a 10-0 run to tie the score 23-23. The Golden Bears finished the quarter 8-of-9 from the field.

The momentum never shifted. Combs made 8-of-8
 free throws in the fourth quarter, and the Golden Bears clinched their spot in Monday’s final. 

Chase Bly had18 points for Monroe Central (6-3), while Barga finished with nine points and nine rebounds. 

Enis led Winchester with 14 points and eight rebounds, with Alan Brutchen adding10 points and seven rebounds. 

Monroe    Central  57, Winchester    40
At Winchester
   Henchon   0 0-0 0, Enis 5 3-5 14,
Gates 1 0-0 2, Edwards 1 0-0 2, Mills 2 0-0 5,
Yaryan 3 1-2 7, Brutchen 5 0-0 10, Gant 0 0-0
 Totals: 17 4-7 40.

Monroe  Central:   Flesher 1 0-2 2, Drummer  0
0-0 0, Combs 4 8-8 19, Cody Woolf 2 1-2 5, Bly
6 3-6 18, Barga 3  0-0 0 9, Blevins 0  0-0 0,
Sears 0 0-0 0, Reum 0 0-0 0.
 Totals: 17 14-20

Score   by quarters
Winch.    11   10    10     9   —    40
MC              5     8   22   22    —    57
Three-point   field  goals:
    Winchester    2
(Enis, Mills), Monroe Central 9 (Combs 3, Bly
3, Barga 3).
 Rebounds: Winchester 28 (Enis8), Monroe Central 29 (Barga9). Turnovers: Winchester 14,  Monroe   Central  11. Fouls:Winchester 14, Monroe    Central 11. Fouled out: None.

Winchester (5-4)  Friday hosts  Hagerstown.
Monroe  Central  (6-3) Monday   vs  Union  in
Randolph County  title game.

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