Since the 2010-11 basketball season, the Monticello Buckaroos and San Juan Broncos have had some great games.
Both teams have won at home and lost on the road, splitting the series at three games apiece.
To give you a better idea of just how close these games have been, San Juan has averaged 53.33 points per game and Monticello 52.8.
The latest installment of this rivalry would lead one to believe we’re in for a few more great games from these teams.
Monticello got off to a hot start in the first quarter, scoring 20 points. San Juan played a solid first quarter as well, knocking down 14 points. After the first eight minutes of play, the Bucks had a six-point lead, 20-14.
In the second quarter, Monticello added another 17 points to their total. San Juan managed to double up their first quarter score, adding an additional 14 to their total. At the end of two quarters, the Bucks took a 37-24 lead at the half.
San Juan stumbled a bit in the third quarter scoring just 10 points. Monticello on the other hand continued to roll, dropping in 15 points and extending their lead to 18, 52-34, heading into the final period.
Just when it looked like the Bucks might walk away with the victory, the Broncos saved their best for last.
In almost an exact reversal of the first quarter, San Juan scored 20 points, while Monticello had their lowest output of the night, scoring 13.
But it was enough for Monticello to hold off the Bronco’s run and the Bucks claimed a 65-58 victory on the road.
Austin Maloy paced the scoring for both teams with 20 points. Dillon Maughn wasn’t far behind, adding 14 points of his own.
Sheldon Black had 10, while Easton Nielson finished with eight points on the night.
Also scoring for Monticello are Matt Freestone with six, Everett Hatch with four, Eli Johnson with two and Makade Maloy had one point.
San Juan was led by Tyrel Pemberton with 12 points. He was just ahead of DiQuan Lopez, who scored 11 points and Max Slavens, who chipped in nine.
Matthew Castiano added seven points and Eli Beck had five. Javen Ivins, Max Morley and Jordan Blake each contributed four points and Terrance Tate had two points for the Broncos.
Monticello’s next game will be January 3 against the Grand County Red Devils. The game will be played in Moab and is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
San Juan takes the court December 27-28 at the Cowboy Classic Tournament in Kanab. Game time and opponent TBD.