Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Monticello and Cloquet squared off in a boys’ basketball game at Totino-Grace as part of the Martin Luther King Holiday Classic on Jan. 15. 

Cloquet got everyone involved in the offense. Cloquet’s Pokornowski Jayden came up with layups and mid-range jump shots.

The score was close throughout the first half. Neither team went on a run.

Cloquet switched between man-to-man and zone defenses in the first half. They looked to confuse Monticello on the offensive end.

Monticello’s Rezi Useh came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. His teammates did a good job of getting him the ball in spots where he could shoot it. Teammate Matt Todd also came up with mid-range jump shots and layups. 

At halftime the score was Monticello 49, Cloquet 32.

As the second half got underway Cloquet continued to struggle to shoot the ball.

Monticello passed the ball around the three-point line as they took time off the clock and were able to get everyone involved in the offense.

Monticello took advantage of Cloquet’s missed shots as they came up with layups on the defensive end.

Monticello called a timeout with 12:36 left in regulation. The score was Monticello 56, Cloquet 38.

Monticello wasn’t afraid to take deep 3-point shots. Everyone on the floor for both teams rebounded. Monticello pushed the ball down the floor and looked to score baskets in transition.

Todd and Useh both came up with baskets throughout the second half. Their teammates did a good job of getting them the ball where they could shoot it.

Cloquet couldn’t get their offense going and Monticello was quicker than Monticello was able to get their shots to drop.

Monticello came away with the 78-49 victory over Cloquet.

The leading scorers Cloquet were Jayden and Turnbull each with 12 points and Leuzzo with 11 points.

The leading scorer for Monticello was Todd with 18 points.

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