By Tim Peterson
(Monrovia) – Monrovia outscored Keppel 28-8 in the fourth quarter and went on to beat the Aztecs 57-41 on a Friday night in M-Town.
Monrovia scored just 29 points in the first three quarters before nearly equaling that total in the final frame. Down 33-29 at the end of three, the Cats went on a 15-2 run to open the fourth for a 44-35 advantage. Jordan Ware, Jayden Scott and Jordan Ware all scored seven points in the quarter to lead the charge. Meanwhile the Aztecs went stone cold making only two field goals in the fourth to seal their fate.
Both teams came out frigid early as the first quarter was rife with air balls, turnovers and miscues. Keppel led 11-9 after one before Monrovia went up 18-16 at the half. The teams fought to a 7-7 tie in the second quarter as they combined to shoot 6 for 26 from the field. Keppel was 3 for 16.
The pace and the points picked up slightly in the third as Keppel outscored Monrovia 17-11 to take the four point lead. The Wildcats were then unleashed in the fourth.
Scott took scoring honors for Monrovia with 15 and Tyln Sago had 14. Sago also had a couple big blocked shots including a Dikembe Mutombo like swat in the fourth that had the crowd buzzing. Jordan Ware and Kris Johnson were also in double figures with 13 and 10 respectively.
Nelson Muronaka led Keppel with 12 and was the lone Aztec in double figures. He had eight points in the third quarter. Bryant Chow had eight and Todd Kitigawa finished with seven.
Monrovia improved to 7-8 with the victory while Keppel dropped to 9-7.