P'burg Boys' BBall visits The Den

Posted by Keith Glock on 1/13/2011 5:00:00 PM

The Montgomery boys' basketball team is hosting Phillipsburg this evening with tipoff slated for 7 p.m.
The Cougs look to bounce back after a loss to Immaculata. The live radio broadcast of this game can be found by logging into The MIRE. Listen along as you enjoy Ian Delaney's thoughts on Glock's Blogs!
1st Quarter 4:10 Montgomery-9 Phillipsburg-5
Montgomery strikes quickly picking up two buckets within the first minute of the game. The Cougars just looking dominant on defense not only not allowing the Stateliners to score through two minutes, but they haven't gotten off any good shots either. About two and a half minutes in however, Aaron Brown knocks down a three to put P-burg on the board. Montgomery now leads by four about halfway through the quarter.
End of 1st Quarter Montgomery-14 Phillipsburg-5
Phillipsburg still has no answer for the Cougars' pressure on defense with Montgomery forcing multiple turnovers. The Cougars close out the quarter onn an 8-0 run, simply owning the Stateliners by getting easy shots and forcing turnovers, which results in a 9 point Cougar lead early on.
Halftime Montgomery-40 Phillipsburg-19
The only flaw seems to be the Cougars' poor free throw shooting where they are shooting less then 50%. It seems no to matter what the Stateliners try to do, the Cougars are just longer and much more active and continue to force turnovers, disabling P-burg to even get shots up. The few shots they have gotten up, have been contested and too dificult for the Stateliners to hit. After a long drought, P-burg finnaly gets two free throws to go. The pressure defense contiues to elude the Stateliners, still not able to get anything except for free throws going on offense, comnbined now with Matt Mingon heating up as he drained two consecutive threes bringing the Cougar lead up to 16.  
End of 3rd Quarter Montgomery-56 Philipsburg-27
The Stateliners draw first blood but it turns out to be somewhat superfluous as the Cougars come back with an easy two on the next possesion. Again right after look as if they could start a run to get back in it, Montgomery comes back with an and-1 on the very next possesion. Now it's both teams tradinng baskets here, but the Stateliners will need to do more then that to claw their way back into this one. More of the same continuing to dominate on both ends and keeps negating every basket P-burg scores. The Cougars continue to be hot from the outside and are getting large perimeter contributions from senior captains Ryan McCoy and Matt Mingon. At the end of the third quarter, there is nothing the Stateliners can do as they find themselves down big and can't find an answer to the Cougar's air tight defense or their hot perimeter shooting.
End of game Montgomery-71 Phillipsburg-39
More of the same in the final period with the Cougars controlling this game with ease. Montgomery getting points effortlessly here and keep on crushing any ounce of life this Stateliner team may try to use to make this a contest. Montgomery had this one in the bag from the tip and never let up on this team by crashing the boards with gusto on both ends of the court. Their senior captains: Matt Mingon and Ryan McCoy, Chipped in from the perimeter. The Cougars only allowed 39 points in the ball game and were able use their height to their advantage on both ends. They were clicking on all cylinders tonight by getting stops on defense and working for good shots on offesne to easily take this one. Hopefully the Cougars can continue keep this momentum going into saturday after a convincing victory against the Stateliners here tonight.