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The exclamation point in Montini’s 59-44 win over St. Edward came with two minutes remaining, when the Broncos’ 6-foot-4 junior Simmie Cobbs drove the lane for a thunderous dunk, knocking a defender to the floor and electrifying Montini’s home crowd in the process.
It was Cobbs’ third dunk of the game and his final basket in a game-high 20-point effort.
“He’s hard to stop,” St. Edward coach P.J. White said. “We didn’t really have an answer for him tonight.”
Through three quarters, St. Edward (8-2, 1-1 Suburban Christian Gold) repeatedly chipped a 10-point Montini lead down to seven or eight points, but struggled to hit a shot to get any closer. Both of the Green Wave’s losses have now come against the Broncos following a 52-39 defeat at the Aurora Christian tournament last month.
Montini (6-1, 2-0) played hard-nosed defense Friday and pounded the glass throughout the contest.
“We stressed rebounding a lot because we lost one of our big men, Matt Brachmann, because he’s sick,” Cobbs said. “We had to stress getting rebounds and we did all right.”
Montini led 29-19 at halftime thanks to seven points from big man Brian Orr and six from point guard Logan Goss, on a pair of three-pointers. The Green Wave trailed 37-31 on a Nick Duffy putback, but Montini’s Sean Nash quickly hit a trey and was fouled — then completed the four-point play.
“We talked at halftime about trying to cut it to five by the end of the third quarter,” White said. “But every time we made a run, they answered. But that’s why we want to play teams like Montini. They’re going to make us better in the long run.”
Cobbs was happy with the way his side answered every punch the Green Wave threw at the Broncos.
“We talked about not getting comfortable with whatever lead we’ve got,” Cobbs said. “If they attack, we have to come back with the same pressure so they couldn’t get the momentum.”
Orr, Nash, and Terrence Williams each finished with seven points for Montini, while Duffy netted 12. Adrian Ponce scored 10, and Davonte Elam scored seven for St. Edward.
MONTINI 59, ST. EDWARD 44
Montini (6-1, 2-0)
Cobbs 8 4-5 20, Brady 3 1-1 7, Williams 1 5-6 7, Orr 3 1-3 7, Goss 2 0-2 6, Nash 1 2-3 5, Roedel 2 0-0 4, McGillicuddy 1 1-2 3. Totals 21 13-22 59.
St. Edward (8-2, 1-1)?
Duffy 4 4-5 12, Elam 3 1-2 7, Domel 2 1-2 6, Ponce 5 0-1 10, Favela 1 4-4 6 Butzow 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 11-16 44.?
Three-point field goals: Montini (3) – Goss 2, Nash. St. Edward (1) – Domel. Fouled out: St. Edward: Elam