The 2019-2020 Moniteau boys basketball team will close out the regular season in the coming week with the hopes of building upon their experienced gained in the regular season. If the season ends their way, they hope to make some noise in the District IX playoffs.
The Warriors are currently one game behind Karns City and two back of the Keystone Panthers in the KSAC South with a 4-3 record. The Warriors are 11-8 overall and have played competitvely with the top teams in the league and could of easily been staring at 13-6 mark if they could of finished some of their games a little stronger and smarter. Outside the league the Warriors have a victory over the Brockway Rovers defeating them on their home court on January 20th by a score of 51-43. Coach Mike Jewart’s squad lossed in double overtime to Lincoln (Elwood City) 73-65 and Mercer 51-45 over the holiday break.
The Warriors have been lead in scoring by 5’-9" Sr., point guard, Ethan McDeavitt and 6’-2", Sr., forward, Gage Neal. Both McDeavitt and Neal have made their presence in the rebounding as well.
Since the first of the year, the Warriors have gone 6-4 with the only lopsided victory coming at the hands of top rated Clarion-Limestone 71-51. Three out of the four losses have been by an average of seven points. (Clarion 46-44, A-C Valley 60-53, North Clarion 48-35).
On January 27th the Warriors battled a tough Clarion team down to the wire. The Warriors had the lead with thirty tics left on the clock but a couple costly turnovers turned a would be win into a heartbreaking loss 46-44. Sr., guard Ethan McDeavitt led the way for the Warriors with 23 points; Neal finished with nine points and 5 rebounds in the contest. McDeavitt posted a 26 point and 10 rebounds on January 22nd versus Forest and 21 against Redbank on January 3rd.
Also hitting double digits in rebounds and scoring for the Warriors this year is sophomore, guard Kyle Pry and 6’-2" Jr., forward, Quinton Scriven. Pry scored has hit the double digit mark in scoring a couple times with 19 points against Redbank and 13 points against Forest in a come from behind victory after trailing early in the 4th quarter. Scriven bucketed 13 points against Cranberry , 12 points against Redbank in a winning cause and 18 against defensively minded A-C Valley in a loss.
If Coach Mike Jewart can get his team hitting on all cylinders for the playoffs his Warrior team just might be a surprise team to watch in District IX.
At press time the Warriors were getting ready to host the Keystone Panthers in a KSAC matchup.
The Warriors will finish out the season with games at home against Karns City on February 5th and a road game against Redbank Valley on February 7th. The final three games for the Warriors will be pivotal for coach Jewart’s team.
Come on out and show your support as the Warriors regular season comes to an end.