The Exeter Monarch boy’s basketball team defeated the Lindsay Cardinals 46-40 in a non-league matchup in Lindsay on Friday, Jan. 11.
The Monarchs held a 17-10 first quarter lead but the Cardinals were not ready to surrender. They rallied and took an 18-17 with 3:38 left in the half. The game was tied 19-19 when Exeter’s Eli Garver was sent to the free throw line.
The Monarch senior sunk both free throws to give Exeter the lead. Lindsay then dropped a three pointer and the Monarchs made another free throw to tie the game at 24 to end the half.
Gaven Mann made a three point play for the Cardinals in the third quarter when he dribbled behind his back; drove for the basket, made the layup was fouled and sank the free throw. Lindsay held a 36-32 lead at the end of the third.
The Monarchs caught fire in the fourth quarter outscoring the Cardinals 14-4 and wining the game 46-40.
Monarch head coach Randy Reeder said, “The game was not decided until the fourth quarter. Down by four to start the fourth quarter, Trevor Weaver came off the bench to give us some leadership. Credit does go out to Lindsay with their good half court defense. We finished preseason 13-2 and start league next week.”
Caleb Harden led the Monarchs with 18 points, 10 rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist. Garver had nine points, six rebounds and one assist.