NORTH ADAMS -- The Monument Mountain boys basketball team navigated the multiple defenses of Drury using solid outside shooting to win 72-62 and take home the championship of the Gene Wein Tournament Monday.
The first half was a back and forth affair with Monument taking a one-point lead into halftime after Bobby Kinne followed a missed free throw for a layup. Kinne and Cam Powell led Monument with 16 points each. Kinne was named the tournament MVP, while Powell was named to the all-tournament team.
Both teams played aggressive defense, as several hard fouls and multiple technicals were issued to both sides.
"It's a competitive game and Drury always brings 100 percent intensity," Monument coach Mike Saporito said. "There were a lot of fouls in the game and I think emotion did get the better of some players out there."
The Spartans used a 15-4 run in the third, capped off by a Peter Oggiani 3-pointer to take a commanding 13 point lead late in the period.
A 3-point hoop by Tyler Briggs cut the Spartans lead to 6 with just over 2 minutes left in the game. But a turnover on Drury's next possession did not allow the Blue Devils to get closer.
Despite the late rally attempt from his team, Drury coach Jack Racette wanted to see his team come out with a little more energy.
"I don't think we were as fired up as we could have been," Racette said. "We were physically exhausted, we played five games in a very short time.
"They beat us to a lot of loose balls -- every loose ball to be frank. The guys were tired out there and it showed."
Justin Girard led Drury with 20 points and was named to the all-tournament team.
On offense for Monument, Powell and Oggiani combined for three 3-point hoops, making the Blue Devils pay when in a zone defense. Kinne and Brandon Perry attacked the basket when Drury played man-to-man.
Defensively, the Spartans forced Drury into several turnovers in the half court. Racette said a lack of movement really slowed down his team's offense.
After the game Saporito said he was proud of the way his team played, and added it's always good to take home trophies.
"It's a tournament final, so it doesn't matter if that's going to be in December or March. We were in it to win it," he said. "My guys really wanted to come here and close it out."
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