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Vikings upend Benton
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BLANCHARDVILLE - Sophomore A.J. Hendrickson scored 23 points to help lead the Pecatonica boys basketball team to a 67-37 home victory over Benton Thursday.

The Vikings (2-1) utilized red-hot shooting from the start, outscoring Benton 23-5 in the first half. Benton, which dropped to 0-2 on the season in the loss, managed only 12 points in the first half to Pecatonica's 40.

"We kind of expected (Benton) to come out in a zone, so we worked against that in practice and executed very well," Pecatonica coach Larry Schliem said of the Vikings' dominance in the first half. "Our passing was crisp and we did a really good job of finding the open guy. And fortunately, we were knocking our shots down.

"Once we got going, everybody fed off that open guy and made the extra pass to get that guy the ball."

Junior Brooks Chandler helped to pace the Vikings offensively with 18 points.

Pecatonica will host Highland at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Belmont 43, Monticello 27

BELMONT - The Monticello boys basketball team was no match for Belmont Thursday in a 43-27 loss on the road.

After the Ponies scored the game's first basket, Belmont rattled off 11 straight points and never looked back. Belmont led 19-12 at the half and put the game away in the third and fourth quarters behind 15 points from Raine Voigts.

Quinn Cushman and Jon Bahr helped to carry the load offensively for Belmont, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Monticello (1-2) was led by senior Ben May's 14 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Logan Marty also tallied 11 rebounds, and senior Jake Pusel chipped in five points.

Monticello plays at Barneveld at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Potosi 83, Albany 59

POTOSI - Poor rebounding was the difference for the Albany boys basketball team in an 83-59 loss to Potosi Thursday.

The Comets (1-2) hung with Potosi (2-0) early on - trailing 14-12 after the first quarter - but a gritty second quarter from Potosi set the tone for the rest of the game. Potosi outscored the Comets 27-17 in the second quarter and 28-14 in the fourth.

"They were physical on both ends and hand-checking," Albany coach T.J. Zweifel said. "We probably got outrebounded by 25, and that is not an exaggeration.

"On our end, we had eight 2-pointers against their 28. We have to get the ball inside, and when we get the opportunity we have to finish."

The Comets were led by a trio of players who scored 14 points each - senior Mitchell Trow, junior Tyler Dahl and junior Cole Trapp.

Albany travels to Potosi for a game at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Platteville 43, Juda 31

JUDA - The Juda boys basketball team lost to Platteville 43-31 despite leading at the end of the third quarter Thursday in Juda.

Juda (1-2) led 18-14 at the half and 28-23 after three quarters before Platteville outscored the Panthers 20-3 in the fourth to seal the victory.

"Both teams started out slow in the first," Juda coach James Pickett said. "We were playing a little too fast. We took control in the second and third to get in position to close out the game, but we got into foul trouble and Platteville made their free throws and made us pay for it."

Platteville made 13 free throws in the fourth quarter to finish the game.

Juda was led by sophomore Matt Schmitt's 12 points. Senior Daniel Skoumal scored six points and sophomore Skylar Stuckey chipped in five.

Juda will host Barneveld for a game Dec. 16.