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Boys' Basketball: Monteroso Wins it for St. Clairsville

February 2, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - With a huge crowd looking on, Dan Monteroso came up big once again, saddling St. Clairsville to a 58-56 overtime victory, spoiling a valiant effort and performance from invading Cambridge on Saturday night.

The Red Devils, who didn't lead in the game until Riley Carlton opened the overtime with a 3-pointer, found themselves down by as many as 12 early in the fourth quarter.

After Carlton's trey early in the OT, the Bobcats Ben Standiford meshed two at the line and sophomore guard Jordan Watson got a driving bucket with less than 30 seconds to go.

St. Clairsville waited patiently, trailing by a point. Monteroso found Jerrid Marhefka, who was fouled. He connected on 1 of 2 in the double bonus, tying the game at 56-56.

The scramble for the loose ball deflected out of bounds off a Red Devils' player, giving the Bobcats the ball with 3.4 to play.

Cambridge, which was forced to play the final 10 or so minutes without its best player, Kyle Ritz, because of fouls, went for a baseball pass and Monteroso, who was playing center field brought in the can of corn for a turnover. He promptly went the length of the floor and softly finger rolled in the game winner.

Monteroso, who was held primarily in check in the first half, scored 23 of his game-high 31 in the second half. Carlton didn't score in the first half and finished with 14 points.

Cambridge was led by Standiford's 17. Ritz, who is the son of former MLB pitcher Kevin Ritz, went for 16 points and nine boards. Senior Devon Francis added 10.

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