Two wins put Monarchs back in ESL race

The Monarchs hit the road for two big wins last week.

With a 65-54 slaughter over Woodlake and a 58-57 narrow escape from Corcoran, Exeter boys basketball is 5-3 record that ties them with Corcoran in the second place slot. Despite losses to Immanuel and Corcoran, the league is still balanced enough for the Monarchs to slide into a first place tie depending on how the next three weeks pans out.

In Corcoran on Friday, the Monarchs shot 59 percent from the field to take a drastic 32-20 lead at the half. Cory Griffin led the Monarchs scoring with a career high 17 points. But Corcoran's brutal three point shot made a grand appearance in the second half and the Panthers rallied back to take a five point (57-52) lead with only 1:10 left on the clock.

The Monarchs mounted their comeback when Morgan Munger stole the ball from the panther offense and converted the turnover into two to cut the lead to 57-54 with 1:08 remaining.

Drew Branch followed suit, making a steal of his own. He chucked a long pass to Griffin who put in another field goal to close the gap to 57-56 with another 51 seconds to go.

Hanging on to the ball and their 1-point lead, the Panthers ran down the clock. But they missed a shot allowing Munger to pick up the rebound with only 5 seconds left. Exeter called a time out.

Back on the court Munger dribbled up the court and was fouled for two shots. Munger sank both freethrows reclaim the 1-point lead at two seconds for a win.

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