North's Ben Dugard and Mitch Merica sport special jerseys for National Guard Night.
North's Ben Dugard and Mitch Merica sport special jerseys for National Guard Night.
WAYNETOWN – Coming off a tough loss at Frankfort, the North Montgomery boys’ basketball team looked to regroup Tuesday night against North Putnam. The Chargers looked great early but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Cougars as North Montgomery fell on a last second lay-up 63-61.
“It was a tough loss tonight,” said Charger coach Eric Danforth, “We did a lot of things correctly but it just didn’t end in our favor.”
Up four late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers looked to play the clock for the remaining time. North Putnam picked up their defensive pressure and forced several timely turnovers that resulted in fast break points.
“North Putnam was all over us all night. We handled it well the majority of the game but a few mistakes at the end were costly,” said Danforth.
With 25 seconds left to play, North Putnam’s Corbin Judy drained a corner three to tie it up at 61. Then after a missed shot, the Cougar ran the length of the floor and scored a lay-up with two ticks left on the clock. A long, desperation three was no good to give North Putnam the win 63-61.
Offensively, the Chargers finished with four players in double figures for the first time this season. Justin Clary finished with 16, Mitch Merica finished with 15, Caleb Randolph had 14 and Ben Dugard had 11.
“We had several players step up tonight and that’s a great sign,” said Danforth, “Mitch [Merica] for the past couple of games has looked for opportunities other than the three-point shot and has really paid off for him.”
North Montgomery (7-13) will play Tri-West at home Friday in a Sagamore Athletic Conference showdown.
“We are looking forward to Friday’s game. Tri-West is highly ranked and it’ll definitely be a challenge for us,” said Danforth.

NORTH PUTNAM 63, NORTH MONTGOMERY 61
N. Putnam 19 12 13 19--63
N. Montgomery 20 15 10 16--61

NORTH MONTGOMERY
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
Clary 7-14 0-0 2 2 16
Merica 4-11 7-7 6 1 15
Randolph 5-17 0-0 7 5 14
Dugard 5-8 0-1 8 2 11
Kobel 1-6 0-0 5 2 2
Thompson 1-3 1-1 4 0 3
Pietsch 0-1 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 23-60 8-9 32 12 61
Percentages: FG .383, FT .889. 3-Pointer: 4-16(Clary 2-6, Dugard 1-1, Randolph 1-6, Merica 0-3) Team Rebounds: 5.

NORTH PUTNAM
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
Gross 11-13 3-3 8 4 25
Porter 4-15 1-2 7 3 11
Smith 3-8 3-4 2 3 10
Duff 2-7 4-5 5 1 9
Judy 2-8 1-2 4 3 7
Pickel 0-1 1-2 1 1 1
Webster 0-1 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 22-53 13-18 28 15 63
Percentages: FG .415, FT .722. 3-Pointer: 6-21 (Porter 2-9, Judy 2-3, Smith 1-3, Duff 1-5, Webster 0-1) Team Rebounds: 5.