When Montini and St. Edward played in December, the Broncos won 39-38 in Lombard. When they met again Tuesday, the Green Wave surpassed 38 points early in the third quarter.
Of course, it helped that the clock was stopped quite a bit. The Wave made 24 free throws on the way to an 80-65 Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division win in Elgin.
The Wave (18-6, 6-3) trailed by as many as 9 points in the first half, but used a 19-0 run bridging halftime to take control of the game.
The teams combined for 49 fouls and 65 free throws.
It was tough for the teams to adjust to the tightly called game.’
“The referees told us they were probably going to do it,” said St. Edward coach P.J. White.
Joe French had 21 points and 6 assists for St. Edward. Ryan Matthews added 16 points, including 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. The Green Wave also got big contributions from the bench, with Gino Domel scoring 14 points and Danny Favela pulling down 9 rebounds.
Matt Brachmann scored a game-high 29 points to lead Montini (7-12, 3-4). Brachmann went 13-for-18 from the line. He also had 8 rebounds. Tom McGillicuddy and Mike Mooney added 11 apiece for the Broncos.
“The third quarter helped us a little bit, and at the end of the game making some free throws and spreading out a little bit,” said White.
Montini led 34-25 after a basket by Brachmann finished a 10-2 run in the second quarter. The Broncos would not score again until 3:43 remained in the third. By that time, the Wave had taken a 44-34 lead.
French got the run going, scoring 5 of the first 7 points and assisting on the other basket in that span, but 6 different players scored during the run.
John Butzow and Davontae Elam each scored 11 points for St. Edward.