The TMP-Marian Monarchs boys had to rally from down double digits in the fourth quarter as they claimed their second straight Mid-Continent League title Monday with 51-49 win over Hill City.
The TMP girls rallied from down 14 for a 38-36 win over Trego in the fifth place finish in the MCL tournament.
Boys MCL Tournament Championship game
TMP 51, Hill City 49
After a quick start the TMP-Marian Monarchs found themselves down 10 in the fourth quarter but for a second time in the tournament Kade Harris hit the game winner and lifted TMP (8-2) to the 51-49 victory over Hill City, their second straight MCL tournament title and fifth since joining the league.
Hill City opened the game with a Trent Long jumper for a 2-0 lead but the Monarchs answered with seven straight and a 15-5 run, capped off by a Griffin Schumacher for a 15-7 lead.
Trimmer the lead to four to end the first quarter.
TMP went back up eight to start the second quarter on Evan Balthazor field goal for a 19—11 lead.
Hill City (8-2) strung together an 8-0 run of their own drawing even at 19-19 late in the second quarter.
Joey Mindrup scored the final five points of the first half, giving TMP a 24-19 lead on a three-pointer at the end of the first half.
Dylan Werth, after dealing with foul trouble in the first half, scored the first six points of the second half and a Schumacher free throw put TMP up 31-23.
On the ensuing Hill City possession Werth was called for a foul and then a technical foul. Long made all four free throws and then two more on the possession after the another TMP foul cutting the TMP lead to 31-29.
The six straight free throws sparked a 19-2 run to end the third quarter for a 42-33 Hill City lead.
They extended their lead to 10 points, at 46-36, but the Monarchs outscored Hill City 15-7 down the stretch.
In the final minutes TMP’s Harris and Schumacher and Landon Rozean field goal tied the game at 49-49with less than a minute to play.
With 4.4 seconds to play, and the game tied TMP’s Harris raced to the other end, shot a running three pointer off the glass and pulled in the offensive put-back as time expired for a 51-49 TMP victory.
Kade Harris and Dylan Werth each scored 12 points to lead the Monarchs while Griffin Schumacher and Joey Mindrup added seven each.
Hill City’s Trent Long scored a game-high 20 points.
Boys 1st place game – TMP 51, Hill City 49
3rd place – Russell 48, Phillipsburg 39
5th place – Hoxie 52, Oakley 37
7th place – Norton 67, Trego 42
9th place – Smith Center 45, Plainville 33
11th place – Ellis 55, Stockton 11
Girls 7th place MCL tournament
TMP 38, Trego 36
The TMP Lady Monarchs had to shake off a rough start and rally from down double-digits for a 38-36 win over Trego in the girls 7th place game.
Both teams struggled out of the gate with the game tied at five after the first quarter.
TMP (6-5) briefly took an 8-7 lead but Trego (7-6) answered with a 15-0 run to end the first half and took a 22-9 lead into halftime.
TMP opened the second half with an 11-0 run and a Claire Schippers three-point play with less than five minutes left in the game tied the game at 30.
With 1:15 left in the game Brooke Koenigsman gave TMP a 34-32 lead on their way to a 38-36 victory.
Koenigsman scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Monarchs to the win.
Girls 1st place game – Phillipsburg 61-39 v Hoxie
3rd place – Smith Center 43, Ellis 42
5th place – TMP 38, Trego 36
7th place – Norton 41, Oakley 25
9th place – Stockton 39, Hill City 17
11th place – Russell 45, Plainville 31