Neither team could get into much of an offensive rhythm in the first quarter, but San Juan was able to build a 12-6 lead after the opening eight minutes.
It didn’t take long in the second for the Broncos to find their stride as the increased their lead to 20 points about midway through the second.
Just about the time it looked like San Juan was going to run away with the game the Bucks came firing back, trimming the Bronco lead to eight points just before the half.
Monticello also had their best offensive quarter of the game in the second, scoring 19, but San Juan’s 25-point effort ended the first half with the Broncos leading the Bucks by 12, 37-25.
In the third quarter, San Juan was able to add seven more points to the lead after outscoring Monticello 19-12 in the period, giving the home team a 56-37 lead after three quarters of play.
The Broncos buried the Bucks in the fourth quarter, besting their guests by 18 points in the quarter, 28-10, to claim the win, 84-47.
The Roundupby Tad BartonSan Juan had four players finish with ten or more points, led by Jaden Torgerson’s game high 23.
Trez Perkins scored 16 while Jaxon Torgerson and Landon Pemberton each had 12 points in the game.
Seth Pugh hit three big shots from beyond the arc to finish with nine points and Dylan Ivins netted six.
Ryan Imlay and Randall Flavel rounded out the scoring for the Broncos with three and two points, respectively.
Monticello was paced by Jake Freestone, who scored 20 points for the Bucks. Lucas Hatch was right on Freestone’s heels with 18 points.
Adam Bunker had five points, Ryan Bird three and Weston Nebeker finished with one point.
The Bronco schedule will take them to Cedar City next, where they will play in the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic Tournament.
San Juan’s first game of the tourney is against Parowan at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 28 at Canyon View High School. They will then play Providence Hall on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Cedar High and then finish up on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Bryce Valley at Canyon View Middle School.
Monticello’s next game will be a home game against Tabiona on Friday, January 5 at 7 p.m.
After starting the season off 0-3, the Monticello girls’ basketball team came to Blanding last Thursday, December 21 playing well and riding a four-game win streak and boasting a 4-3 record. San Juan entered the contest having played just four games, winning three and losing one.
Defense was the name of the game for the Broncos as they held the Bucks to 26 points, never giving up more than nine points in any quarter on their way to a 40-26 win.
The Broncos used a strong first quarter to set the stage for the game, scoring 14 points while holding the Bucks to five points for a nine-point lead after one.
Monticello put the clamps on San Juan’s scoring in the second quarter, giving up just eight points to the Broncos. The Bucks added another six points to their score to trail San Juan, 22-11 at halftime.
The third quarter was identical to the second in the scoring column as San Juan increased their lead to 13, 30-17, outscoring Monticello 8-6 in the quarter.
Monticello wouldn’t go away in the fourth despite trailing San Juan by double digits. The Bucks’ had their best offensive output of the night in the final eight minutes of play, scoring nine points in the period.
The Broncos scored 10 points to push their score to 40-point and secure a 40-26 victory.
Kelesha Gray led all scorers with 16 points, Brittany Grover notched eight points while Delaney Palmer and Lyandra Benn each finished with five points.
Bodell Nielson scored four points, and Tasiah Little finished with two points for the Broncos.
Eight Buckaroos scored for Monticello led by Tymbr Black’s eight points and Alyssa Reeve’s six points. Ashley Adair, Brooklyn Holt, Ericka Hill, Journey Baird, Megan Black and Tristen Esplin each scored two points for Monticello.
The Lady Broncos join the boys team in Cedar City this weekend at the Hodson Cancer Classic. San Juan will face off against Lincoln County Nevada on Thursday, December 28 at 4 p.m. at Canyon View High School.
On Friday, the Broncos will play Bryce Valley at 2 p.m. at Cedar High.
San Juan will wrap up the tournament on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Canyon View Middle School against Millard.
Monticello’s next game is at home against Tabiona on January 5.
Six members of the San Juan Bronco football team were named to the Desert News’ 2017 2A All-State Football Team.
Baylr Eldredge was named to the First Team and Dylan Ivins to the Second Team. Jaden Torgerson, Jens Jones, Ethan Vess and Shay Laws received an Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to these young men on their achievements.