High School Sports
loss for the Montour Spartans
By Ryan Giacobbi
The Montour Spartans (5-7, 2-3 WPIAL 5A Section 2) fell just short of a victory against the Chartiers Valley Colts (8-4, 5-1 WPIAL 5A Section 2) on Jan. 10 losing 58-57 in a section matchup at the Montour Athletic Center in Robinson.
The game was tied 13-13 as the end first quarter approached, and was kept close through the rest of the match.
James Eubanks scored 12 points for Montour in the first half, but halftime arrived with a 33-29 Montour deficit.
Tied 43-43 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Montour Athletic Center air was tense as fans of both teams knew the tight game’s outcome would affect where the teams landed in que for section seedings.
Eubanks ended the game with 22 points for Montour, peppering the hoops with field goals, foul shots and an arcing 3-pointer.
On the other side of the paint, Colts player Brayden Reynolds scored 27 points for Chartiers Valley.
Montour head coach Bill Minear praised Chartiers Valley and Reynolds for their performance.
“I was impressed with Char Valley’s composure, they executed really well at the timeouts. It was a hard-fought section game,” said Minear.
Chartiers Valley got the lead late in the last quarter when the Colts scored three consecutive foul shots to lead 58-54.
Montour dropped in a 3-pointer to finish the game falling just short at the buzzer, 58-57. With the loss they dropped to sixth place in their section.
The Montour Spartans move on to another section game, traveling to Moon Area High School to face the Tigers (2-8, 1-5 WPIAL 5A Section 2) on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Excluding their PBC Classic Tournament on Jan. 25, the Spartans finish their regular season schedule in section play. Minear plans to keep pushing the team to grow and finish games.
“We’re just going to keep working hard, keep evolving as a team,” said Minear.
“I think we get better every time, it’s just we got to learn to win close games, we’ve lost about five of them.”