Riverside falls to EPC Warriors

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

LEPANTO -- Marcus Monk proved once again why he is one of the most sought after college prospects in the nation as he put on a clinic in EPC's 77-65 victory over the Riverside Rebels last Friday night at Lepanto.

Monk burned the nets for 36 points while added 14 rebounds, seven blocks, five assists, and two steals. Monk also put on a dunk fest with six slams as the Warriors improved to 25-2 on the year with the win.

EPC jumped to an early 19-9 lead after the first quarter and led 39-27 at the half. The Warriors below things open in the third period stretching its lead to 60-34 entering the final frame.

"We had some led downs and too many turnovers," said Rebel Coach Buster Campbell. "They are going to make you do that," he added.

The Rebels did battle back early in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to nine, 41-32, but the Warriors went on a 12-0- run to blow the game open and EPC never looked back.

Matt Owens, who had the task of trying to guard the 6'6" Monk, fouled out late in the third quarter, crippling any chances Riverside had in making a comeback.

Monk was aided in scoring by A.J. Johnson with 12 and P.J. Lacy who had 10.

The Rebels, who drop to 13-17 on the year, were led in scoring by Dustin Kelems and Zac Reynolds with 16 points each. Joe Ellis had 13, while Michael Dewitt added 11. Owens, scored four, Alex Smith pitched in three, and Zack Ridge had two.

"They (EPC) are an excellent ball team," said Campbell, who added Kelems played good once he got into the flow of the game.

In the Senior "B" game EPC handed the Reels a 63-45 loss. Spencer Harston led the Warriors with 16 points while teammate A.J. Johnson added 10.

Riverside was led in scoring by Matt Snyder and Michael Dewitt who had 13 and 12 points respectively. Von McDaniel and Jeremy Mann each contributed eight while Blake Stotts added three and Alex Smith had one.

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