Exeter boys take back-to-back basketball game losses against Immanuel and CVC

Monarchs let up 65 points in both losses to Immanuel and CVC, score only 45, 38 in both games

EXETER – Sad to say the least, the Exeter Monarchs were defeated by the Immanuel Eagles in a 45-65 game on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Even though the Monarchs fell short of the win Exeter’s Dewayne Coleman broke the high school record for most steals in a season. Coleman stole over 100 balls and was the first player from Exeter High School to ever do it. Head coach Eli Garver and Coleman were all smiles as Garver shared the news to the crowd after the game.

The Monarchs started the game with strong passing between the starting five. Exeter’s passing couldn’t stop Immanuel’s Mikah Tolpezninkas and Ryan Chavez from making their first few three-pointers. Exeter’s Andrew Taylor got his team on the scoreboard by making their first three pointer of the game. A steal made by Taylor led to a Ruben Ruiz foul, adding another two points to the Monarchs’ side of the board. Immanuel’s Tad Tibbett was fouled in return by Ruiz, and he converted both of his free throw attempts early on. Coleman gained the ball and with a long pass to Ruiz he made the shot. With the Eagles starting off with a lead the Monarchs had to think of a quick way to catch up.

In the second quarter, Jake Rowlett started the Monarchs off with a basket and Exeter was passing the ball well between each other. Immanuel Chavez, Tibbett, and Tolpezninkas kept putting up three-pointers and knocking down field goals for the Eagles while Exeter struggled to put up a fight. With Immanuel’s teamwork, the Monarchs fell behind 36-20.

Exeter came out flat after the halftime break. Chavez started the quarter off with a two-pointer. Exeter’s Coleman was fouled after making his basket but didn’t make either one of his free throws. The Eagles on the other hands couldn’t seem to miss. Tolpezninkas and Chavez kept making three-pointers extending teh lead to 55-31.

In the fourth quarter, Coleman started with a foul and made one of two free throws. Exeter’s Noah Peltzer made a basket and followed it with a three-pointer. Exeter’s Rowlett played with aggression and had been fouled back to back but only made one of the four shots given to him. Coaches from both sides of the court started arguing with each other about the calls made by the refs. The Eagles’ Matt Azua made a basket and right after stole the ball and made a clean layup. Exeter’s Jacob Molina ended the night with a three-pointer but it wasn’t enough for Exeter to come out with the win.

Immanuel’s coach Chris Woods felt, “it was a hard-fought game. Our guys played well and were glad to come out with a win.”

The Monarchs traveled to Visalia to play the Central Valley Christian Cavaliers on Friday, Jan. 28 but took home an even tougher loss, 65-38.

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