Monument Falls to Hampshire
March 4, 2017
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Monday night marked the Monument Mountain Boys basketball team’s final game of the season. After staying with the Red Raiders for the majority of the game, the Spartans ultimately were defeated 59-61.
Joe Aberdale, a senior, led Monument with 16 points. Aberdale, who refused to be interviewed, has been a member of the varsity team since his sophomore year and was a two year captain of the team. “Joe is a good friend on and off the court, and stays poised under under pressure in the classroom and out of the classroom,” stated junior Michael Goretti. Aberdale finished the season with 23 free throws made, the most for Monument.
Entering the game the Spartans knew they would be required to give it their all if they wanted to walk away with a win. Earlier in the season the Spartans faced off against the Red Raiders and lost by only 10 points. “In that game their big men dominated us. We had poor bench celebrations and we couldn’t contain the post players,” added Goretti. The plan for this time around was to score more baskets than the opposition. “Before every game I pray to my boy blue.”
With 1.7 seconds left in the game the score was tied 59-59. At that moment Hampshire was gifted a pair of free throws. “It was a terrible call,” according to Goretti. Hampshire’s Matt Babyak made both free throws, ending the Spartans season in the process. “It was a great season with a fun group of guys,” Goretti said, “I’m already excited for next year.”