Somehow at this year’s Montgomery County Tournament, the host team and New Haven didn’t match up against each other.
The two programs got the chance to compete in New Haven Thursday night however, with the visiting Wildcats winning, 62-38.
Montgomery County (7-1), which placed second to Fulton in its own tournament, picked up against New Haven (5-4) after the first quarter.
Montgomery County led 11-9 after one quarter and 31-19 at the half.
New Haven Head Coach Aaron Peirick said the Wildcats had much success from beyond the three-point arc, and that helped them win the game.
“They made 11 threes,” Peirick said. “They are very hard to guard every trip down because they have shooters at every position.”
When Montgomery County didn’t hit shots, they were able to get to the boards for extra chances.
“We also gave up 14 offensive rebounds,” Peirick said. “You can’t give a team who can score it like them extra possessions.”
There were bright spots. John Fleer scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
But that wasn’t enough.
“We shot 28 percent from the floor,” Peirick said. “We did not do a good enough job of putting the ball in the hole on our end. We got the shots we wanted but did not finish around the rim or make jump shots. We handled their press very well which is a step in the right direction. In the half court we were too sloppy with our passing and catching.”
New Haven returns to action Jan. 2 at New Bloomfield and plays at St. James Jan. 5 in Four Rivers Conference action.
The Shamrocks play in the South Callaway Tournament Jan. 8-13.