Photo by Lori PoteetDevon Zachary came off the bench to give the Chargers boost on offense.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Devon Zachary came off the bench to give the Chargers boost on offense.
DOVER-The North Montgomery Charger boys' basketball team kept their SAC title hopes alive Friday night with a hard earned, physical 43-34 road victory over Western Boone.

North Montgomery (9-7, 4-1) withstood the early storm on Homecoming night from the Stars. The Chargers found themselves down 14-4, after shooting only 1-9 in the first period. The second quarter was a polar opposite of the first as Western Boone (5-9,1-4), was the exact same 1-9 from the field. The Stars only managed a single bucket in the stanza, and found themselves trailing 18-16 at intermission.

"The big thing right now is the second quarter is just killing us," Western Boone coach Scott McClelland said. "It killed us tonight, and has killed us in previous games, we scored two points, and had 14 straight possessions without a score, we just cannot do that, we have to continue to strive for consistency."

The third quarter was a battle of attrition as neither team could penetrate the opposing defense, the two teams combined for seven made buckets in the quarter, and North Montgomery led by three, 27-24 going into the fourth.

Fouls started to mount for both squads in the fourth, as both teams combined to attempt 30 free throws in the final quarter. North Montgomery held a six to eight point advantage down the stretch, and Western Boone was forced to foul. North Montgomery made enough freebies, connecting on 11-of-22 in the final period, and escaped Western Boone with the victory.

"We played really good defensively," North Montgomery coach Joel Grindle said. "We are going to have to play a whole lot better than that if we want to achieve everything that we want to. But we are awfully happy to come in to Western Boone and win, we haven't won here in four years"

Western Boone was led by Zach McMann who ended up with 12 points. Senior Riggs Baxter, who averaged 21.5 points a game coming into the contest, was limited to nine, on only 4 shot attempts on the evening.

"We have to come back with a clear mind and get ready to play a tough North Putnam team tomorrow night," McClelland added.

North Montgomery was led by Bethel-bound Senior Grant Gaylor who finished with 22, on 8-17 shooting.

Western Boone will host North Putnam tonight. That game is scheduled for a 7:30 tipoff.

North Montgomery gets a rare Saturday evening off as they rest and prepare for a road game at Benton Central next Friday night.