Friday, January 11, 2013

A few South Fayette/Montour extras

Word on the street was that Montour moved to a more uptempo style this season, which explains why the Spartans entered Friday's game at South Fayette averaging 69.7 points per game -- nearly 10 more than last year.

The Spartans had scored more than 70 points six times in 10 games, but South Fayette put together its most complete defensive performance of the season during a 53-46 win.

Worse, the 46 points are a season-low for Montour (3-2, 8-3), nine fewer than the previous mark.

"I think tonight was the first time we really showed what we could do defensively," senior point guard Evan Bonnaure told me.

South Fayette has now allowed 42, 40, 43 and 46 points over its past four games.

Another theme to this one, and what I wrote about in Saturday's game story, was South Fayette wanting to hold serve on its home floor, especially against a team like Montour.

Zach Challingsworth talked to me a lot about Pat Zedreck and Mike Lamberti, two players from the 2010-11 team that put South Fayette basketball on the map -- at least recently. Those two didn't lose at home. And Challingsworth sure didn't want that to happen his senior year.

"We don't lose often here," said Challingsworth, who finished with 12 points. "It's been like that for a while. Lamberti and Zedreck, their grade started it. When we lose here, we get embarrassed. I think every home team does. They've beaten us the last couple times we've played, so we were definitely looking to get them back."

Didn't get a chance to use this quote either. Here's Rich Bonnaure talking about the timeout he called after Montour made it a 38-35 game early in the fourth. Keep in mind, South Fayette was playing without Lucas Russell, who missed this game with a sprained ankle.

"We used some timeouts for a rest, but that one we actually did want to set up a couple plays, thinking the only way to stem this was to get a couple good shots."

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