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Monroe’s Keaton Rich, left, puts a post move against Caverna’s Mike Curry in Tuesday’s game. Caverna used strong inside play to defeat Monroe, 70-43.

Caverna’s inside game proved too much for Monroe County’s depleted squad on Tuesday night.

The Colonels’ post duo of Chad Briggs and Ethan Boles combined for 37 points as they defeated the Falcons 70-43 in a game called off with 2:17 to play after the gym lights were knocked off due to storms in the area for the second time of the game.

“We knew going in they were shorthanded. They had a couple of kids out and another one with injury,” Caverna coach Simon Ford said. “Going in, I said we had to dominate the inside, and we did that. We rebounded well and we fed the post well. We got them off to a good night - 19 and 18 out of our two post guys is good.”

Briggs led the Colonels with 19 points and Boles added 18. Mike Curry also had 12. Justin Harlan paced the Falcons with 17 points.

The Falcons were without leading scorer and rebounder D.J. Whitlow and center Josh Geralds, who both missed the game due to illness.

“I thought we battled well. I thought we worked as hard as we possibly could,” Monroe coach Justin Stinson said. “But when you’re giving up about five inches and about 60 pounds, it makes it difficult. Ethan Boles, he’s a nice player. They did a good job of finding him.

“I thought in the second half we did a much better job of getting over the top. We didn’t do a good job of that in the first half and we didn’t block out like we needed to. That helps compensate for some things. But to be honest with you, they had an advantage. We tried to do a few things to help compensate for that advantage, but we didn’t do a good enough job tonight.”

Caverna jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a layup from Boles and back-to-back scores from Briggs just 1:50 into the game. Harlan hit a jumper to cut the lead to 6-2, before the Colonels went on their second 6-0 run of the quarter to take a 12-2 lead with 3:33 left in the opening quarter.

“That’s probably the second game of the season that we didn’t start out slow,” Ford said. “Tonight we executed our offense, our posts were running the floor well and we were feeding it to them. We got it in deep early in that paint and good things happened for us.”

The Falcons cut the lead to 10 with 1:14 left before Curry’s jumper with two second remaining extended the Colonels lead to 25-13 after one quarter.

Monroe made it an eight point game with 3:38 left in the first half before Caverna came back to take a 10 point lead at the half.

“It was tough. It was going to be tough regardless of how we looked at it,” Stinson said. “We had our two starting post players out, one came down with pneumonia and another kid has the flu. That made it even tougher. I’ve got my point guard trying to play post defense to start the game, and my other kid is a freshman. That makes it tough.

“I’m proud of my guys. I’m proud of our effort. I thought we worked hard.”

The Falcons cut the lead to single digits once more in the game on a Harlan jumper at the 5:25 mark of the third quarter. But the Colonels ended the quarter on a 10-2 run to take control for good.

“We were mixing the defense,” Ford said. “We knew they were going to be a little young tonight. We figured we’d be aggressive.

“We’re trying to put together a package for our district. We think we can compete in our district, so we were working on some defensive stuff that we hadn’t done in any of our district games.”

The Falcons are back in action Saturday with a 4 p.m. contest at Russellville. Russellville defeated Monroe 72-61 last Thursday in the second round of the All “A” Classic in Burkesville.

The Colonels return to the floor Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game at Taylor County.

Score by quarter

Monroe 13 15 10 5 - 43

Caverna 25 13 16 16 - 70

Monroe scoring

Matt Sheffield 9, Keaton Rich 3, Tanner Kendall 2, Caleb Sheffield 6, Justin Harlan 17, Cody Sheffield 4, Chip Anderson 2.

Caverna scoring

Cody Adams 10, Chad Briggs 19, Ethan Boles 18, Mike Curry 12, Taylor Rogers 7, Brett Davidson 2.


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