Monarchs upset Cardinals 53-47

By Andrea Camarena

When the 3-1 Cardinals hosted the 2-2 Monarchs last week, both teams went in confident of their abilities to beat their league rivals.

But by the end of regular play the Monarchs served up a 53-47 victory despite a last minute 11-3 Cardinal run that pinched the spread to 6 points.

Each team brought their most recognized arsenal to the court.

Exeter's Morgan Munger put up 8 points for the Monarchs despite a stomach wrenching illness. Monarchs Drew Branch and Beau Whitlock picked up the slack for Munger by scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Cardinals started the game with renowned top scorer John Gonzalez and defensive workhorse Anthony Gonzalez ready to put out their usual game-winning performances.

But Lindsay's dynamic sibling duo didn't dish out its usual results against the Monarchs.

"I feel great right now. We had a good game plan and we executed it," Exeter coach Jim Mitchell said after the win. "We took away their two main weapons: The Gonzalez brothers. Beau did a great job defending them. The whole team did a great job but especially Beau."

The Cardinals held their composure early in the game and took the lead in the first quarter, 10-9.

"We started the first quarter shooting five treys and making only one. It was an indication of what was to follow," Lindsay coach Don Perales said.

Despite poor shooting and increasing turnovers, Lindsay kept up with Exeter in a seesaw second quarter that sent the game into half time with a 19-21 Monarch lead.

But the Monarchs came back to take hold of the game in the second half. Shooting 14 points to Lindsay's eight, the Monarchs spiraled into a 35-27 lead by the end of the third quarter. Owning the first part of the final quarter, Lindsay threw bricks and gave up several turnovers as the Monarchs helped themselves to a 16-point lead. With two minutes on the clock, Lindsay's Alec Blue lead the team in a Cardinal revival as he drove to the basket for two back-to-back treys. The Cardinals outscored the Monarchs 10-3 but the last minute effort wasn't enough to catch up to the Monarchs.

"It's hard coming back from that far," Blue said. "We got the run going. The shots were falling for me but they weren't coming earlier in the game. It's just hard coming from that far."

Exeter followed up their victory over the Lindsay Cardinals with a loss to the Orosi Cardinals on Thursday.

In a 46-49 loss, Exeter outscored the Cardinals in the first and third quarters but lost in the final minutes of the fourth quarter seesaw battle.

Munger led the Monarchs offense with 19 points.Whitlock also managed to put up 15 points.

The Monarchs held back Orosi's John Cervantes and Frankie Manquero from a scoring frenzy but Juan Ruiz and Juan Delgado picked up the slack each sinking 11 points.

The week ended with Lindsay and Corcoran tied for third place in the ESL, which bumps Exeter down to fifth place with a 3-3 record after the loss to Orosi. Immanuel and Orosi stayed on top with records of 5-1.

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