Sowell critical after Hawks nearly blow lead

Monroe coach wants better effort against Cavs
Jan. 03, 2013 @ 05:59 PM

Coach Johnny Sowell was upset with the way his team finished in a 57-53 home win over Porter Ridge on Wednesday, and expects to see a better product when the Redhawks host powerhouse Cuthbertson tonight in boys basketball.
The Redhawks looked out of sync late as they gave up 20 points to the Pirates (4-8) in the final quarter after leading by 13 at the end of the third.
“We played our worst game all year; I’m embarrassed, I really am,” Sowell said. “We got outhustled the whole game. We missed too many easy layups. We weren’t making good decisions with two minutes to go. We did nothing right the whole game other than winning.”
Those weren’t great words for a team that will face its toughest challenge of the season Friday when the Redhawks host Cuthbertson in their first Rocky River Conference game of the New Year.
Senior forward Quay Chambers was the most consistent piece for the Redhawks in their first game in 13 days with a game-high 18 points.
“We’re just getting back into the groove of things,” Chambers said. “I just got back and am still getting into the flow of things. I have to get back defensively.”
Chambers said the Redhawks needed a good practice on Thursday to prepare for Cuthbertson, the defending league champion and 2A state runner-up in 2012.
“We just have to get focused and take practice more seriously,” said Chambers, a four-year starter who helped Monroe win the 1A state title in 2010. “We have to work on getting back on defense more.”
The Redhawks came close to defeating the Cavaliers twice last season with 52-50 and 58-54 losses in the first two meetings before dropping the final two 66-50 and 68-53.
Sowell knows his team has a big challenge, and will have to play better to compete with the Cavs.
“Look at your mistakes, you have one day to correct it and go play,” Sowell said. “We have to make shots, attack the bucket and play ball.”
The Redhawks got a strong effort from senior guard Gary Parker against the Pirates; Parker finished with 11 points.
“I just try to not rush my shot,” Parker said. “I try to work within the team to get them. I work to get rebounds and pressure the ball. I try to help give the team energy.”
Chambers is the most experienced Redhawk, and encourages his teammates to keep their focus when adversity arrives.
“We have to play hard the whole four quarters,” Chambers said. “We can’t take any breaks on offense or defense.”

Wednesday’s late box scores
Monroe boys 57, Porter Ridge 53

Porter Ridge (4-8)
Jerrick Robbins 4 1-1 11, Dallas Austin 3 0-0 6, Caleb Homesley 2 0-0 4, Casey Hardison 0 0-0 0, Frank Anthony 5 2-2 13, Nick Widgeon 0 0-0 0, Cody Barnette 2 1-2 6, Tyler Harrell 0 0-0 0, Aaron Mennitt 0 0-0 0, Elijah Patterson 1 1-1 3, Harrison Rivers 1 2-2 4, D’Andre Dennis 3 0-0 6. Totals 21 7-8 53

Monroe (6-1)
Quay Chambers 9 0-3 18, Tristan Thompson 0 0-0 0, Tre Shun Wynn 0 4-6 4, Dikembe White 3 4-6 10, Brandon Roddy 5 2-5 14, Bernard Taylor 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Thomas 0 0-0 0, Gary Parker 5 1-1 11, Dequavis Allen 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 11-21 57

PR^10^12^11^20 - 53
MHS^13^21^12^11 - 57

3-pointers: PR 4 (Robbins 2, Anthony 1, Barrette 1); MHS 2 (Roddy 2). Rebounds: PR 27 (Barrette 6, Anthony 4, Rivers 4); MHS 28 (Chambers 9, Wynn 7). Assists: PR 10 (Anthony 3, Robbins 2, Austin 2); MHS 8 (Wynn 5). Steals: PR 13 (Anthony 5, Robbins 2); MHS 20 (Wynn 5, Roddy 5, Chambers 4, White 4). Blocks: PR 2 (Robbins 1, Mennitt 1); MHS 3 (Chambers 2, Wynn 1).

Porter Ridge girls 47, Monroe 42
Porter Ridge (9-3)
Jada Huntley 4 3-4 13, Jasmine Huntley 1 4-4 6, Jade Jones 4 4-5 15, Justice McKinney 4 1-2 9, Megan Madanski 0 0-0 0, Bobbi Jones 0 4-7 4, Ireland Massey 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 16-22 47

Monroe (6-1)
Daya Jordan 3 0-0 8, Kendall Cox 1 2-2 5, Asha Jordan 7 3-4 19, Bria Roddy 1 0-0 3, Zasha Barrett 3 1-4 7, Tyriona Houston 0 0-0 0, Aimee Bell 0 0-1 0. Totals 15 6-11 42

PR^9^8^17^13 - 47
MHS^11^9^11^11 - 42

3-pointers: PR 5 (J. Jones 3, Jad. Huntley 2); MHS 6 (D. Jordan 2, A. Jordan 2, Roddy 1, Cox 1). Rebounds: PR 35 (McKinney 9, Jad. Huntley 7, Madanski 7, B. Jones 6); MHS 42 (Roddy 16, Barrett 12, A. Jordan 6). Assists: PR 9 (Jad. Huntley 3, B. Jones 3); MHS 8 (Roddy 3, D. Jordan 2, Cox 2). Steals: PR 8 (Jad. Huntley 3, J. Jones 3); MHS 9 (D. Jordan 3, Cox 2, A. Jordan 2). Blocks: PR 1 (Madanski 1); MHS 4 (Barrett 2, A. Jordan 1, Houston 1).