Boys’ basketball: No. 10 Montrose Christian 61, No. 14 Maret 42

The opening play of the third quarter was headed down a familiar path for No. 10 Montrose Christian in Saturday’s game against No. 14 Maret. Pass after pass sailed in and out of the paint as Maret sealed off openings with its scrappy defense, mirroring an effort that had held the Mustangs scoreless for the final five minutes of the first half.

With the shot clock ticking down, the Mustangs ultimately resorted to their first option, Allonzo Trier, who crossed over his defender before draining a long three-pointer.

The play ignited both Montrose Christian and Trier, who scored 14 of his game-high 23 points in the third period to lead the Mustangs past Maret, 61-42, in Saturday’s Ballin’ For The Cure Showcase in Takoma.

“That’s Allonzo,” Mustangs forward Raymond Doby said. “He’s a great player and I think he just got his mind right and his game going after halftime.”

Following the long three, Trier took a transition pass on the ensuing play and soared for a tomahawk dunk while being fouled. The highly touted junior guard’s personal 10-0 run thereafter broke open a game that had been up for grabs up to that point.

After the Mustangs (10-5) jumped out to a 14-point lead behind strong bench play by Doby (12 points) and Patrick McCaw (eight points), Maret clamped down defensively. The Frogs turned those stops into points by pushing the ball upcourt to attack the rim during a 11-0 run in which four different players scored, cutting the halftime deficit to 26-23.

But the momentum was short lived, thanks to Trier’s high-energy play and a 2-3 zone that kept Maret (11-7) from finding more opportunities at the rim.

Doby served as a stalwart in the paint, using his size advantage to grab several offensive rebounds and clear space for Trier, who consistently made strong, athletic moves to the basket.

“I just tried to stay aggressive, rebound and use my body to get space and be a spark off the bench for my team,” Doby said. “Whatever it took for us to get the win.”

Although the Mustangs cooled down in the fourth quarter, the Frogs hurt their chances for a comeback by shooting just 5-for-12 from the line in the period.

A 10-minute delay occurred in the game’s final moments as trainers attended to Montrose Christian senior Justice Bartley, who grew light-headed and had to be taken to the emergency room. Mustangs Coach Bryan Bartley, Justice’s father, was unavailable for comment.

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