DAYVILLE - The Tigers' offensive attack was too much for Harper last weekend.
The Monument/Dayville boys basketball team beat the Hornets 62-31 Saturday, Jan. 17, in Dayville. The Tigers' offensive production doubled that of Harper.
Monument/Dayville's offense has been led by Kyle Hand as of late. He had 20 points in a big 45-38 win against Prairie City Friday, Jan. 9.
However, the Tigers shared the offensive production against Harper. Gus King led the team with 22 points in the game, while Justin Larson had 17. King and Larson also led the team with 21 and 14 points respectively during the Tigers' Jan. 10. win against Ukiah. Hand added 15 points in the victory over Harper, but it was the Monument/ Dayville freshmen who started to stake out their spots on the floor Saturday.
"I feel I have a great team to work with," Monument/ Dayville freshman Jon Kimball said. "We played great together and have a great coaching staff. It's all coming together."
Tiger freshmen K.J. Woosley, Kimball and Larson all hit three-pointers to help keep the game out of the reach of the Hornets. Larson had two three-pointers in the game while Woosley and Kimball each had one.
"Justin, Kyle and Gus had strong games, but we had pretty balanced scoring from everyone," Monument/Day-ville coach Ron Schafer said. "We had almost everyone scoring. Then you don't rely on one person to have a big game and you don't give them one person to defend."
Monument/Dayville carried the offensive momentum to the other end of the court. The Tigers held the Hornets to six, eight and four points in the the first, second and third quarters. They only allowed Harper into double-figure scoring in the third quarter, after Monument/Dayville already led by 30 points.
"Coach Schafer has done a lot with Monument/Dayville," Harper coach Tyler Shafer said. "We didn't have the intensity they did early on and we paid for it. They got ahead by 22 at halftime."
Monument/Dayville played a similar game in a 61-26 victory against Huntington Friday, Jan. 16 in Monument.
The weekend's wins give the Tigers their best start since the 2005-06 season and their first four-game win streak since the 2004-05 season. Monument/Dayville hasn't made the High Desert League tournament since those seasons, but appears to be on track for it this year. The Tigers are 5-3 in the HDL and 6-6 overall this season.
Monument/Dayville will host Spray at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, before facing Grant County rival Long Creek at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. Long Creek slipped out of Monument with a 53-51 win in the teams' first meeting Dec. 9.