Freeburg’s big third quarter lifts Montrose past Central
Kyle Freeburg got hot at the right time for the Montrose High School boys basketball team.
The 6-foot-3 junior poured in eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the third quarter to lead the Indians to a 57-46 Southwestern League win over Central on Tuesday.
After an ice-cold start to the third by both teams, Freeburg drained a 3-pointer at the 5:10 mark. He later hit a tough leaner after a bucket by Cole Auker as the Indians turned a 29-28 deficit into a 35-29 lead.
A drive by the Warriors’ Jeremy Champlin ended the 7-0 run, but a wicked cross-over dribble and bucket by Angelo Youngren pushed the Indians’ lead to 40-33. Central battled from behind the rest of the way.
A baseline drive by Darien Byrd got the Warriors to within four at 43-39 early in the fourth. A steal by Byrd and a putback by Champlin again cut the deficit to four later in the fourth, but the Warriors didn’t get any closer.
Wyatt Thaute hit a layup off a nice feed from Youngren, then Freeburg hit another bucket, and the lead was 53-44, and Central was forced to foul.
Freeburg scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half.
The win avenged a 58-56 overtime loss to Central on Jan. 31.
“Obviously, it was a big win. We’d been struggling with a lot of close games, so to get over the hump and get a win feels pretty good,” Montrose coach Martin Maloney said. “I think we executed a little better, and we took care of the ball. We had a lot of turnovers the last time we played them. And we made some free throws, so that helped us a lot.”
Montrose (7-10, 2-6 SWL) was solid from the free-throw line, making nine of 13 in the second half.
The first half was a story of runs. The Warriors (6-15, 1-7 SWL) came out taking it to the hoop and grabbed a 12-7 lead with all of their points coming in the paint.
But Montrose went on an 11-0 run to end the quarter, with Youngren starting that run with his second 3-pointer, to give the Indians an 18-12 lead.
Central responded in the second quarter after falling behind 22-16. Trey Fair started the Warriors’ own 11-0 run with a three-point play, followed by two buckets from Giles Woolsey and two free throws from Champlin.
Auker and 6-foot-6 senior Ross Barney did damage in the paint for the Indians. Auker finished with 14 points, and Barney scored all 10 of his points in the first half.
Fair led three Warriors in double figures with 11 points. Woolsey and Champlin each had 10.