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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Polesky, Montemayor lead SE boys past Knights

  • The senior duo of Brandon Polesky and Juan Montemayor combined for 62 points to lead the Sleepy Eye Public boys basketball team to a big victory on Dec. 13 at St. Mary’s.
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  • Sleepy Eye Public 79 St. Mary’s 73
     
    The senior duo of Brandon Polesky and Juan Montemayor combined for 62 points to lead the Sleepy Eye Public boys basketball team to a big victory on Dec. 13 at St. Mary’s.
     
    Polesky scored 39 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals, while Montemayor made 23 points, five assists, and four steals in the win over their crosstown opponent, something of which hasn’t happened in quite some time.
     
    “It feels great,” said Montemayor on the win. “It’s about time, haven’t beat them in a while.”
     
    The previous four meetings between the two teams resulted in wins for St. Mary’s and losses for Sleepy Eye Public. The last time the Indians defeated the Knights was on Feb. 18, 2011. It was clear on Friday that the losing streak motivated Sleepy Eye to play well.
     
    “It’s obviously an important game for the kids, they’re excited, they’re friends and they want to compete against each other,” Indians coach Brian Polesky said. “Both teams I thought played well.”
     
    It was a high scoring game from the start, as both teams had a quick pace and were eager to get points on the board. It was as equal a first half as you can get, with both teams scoring and defending similarily. St. Mary’s took a small lead at 27-22, but back-to-back three-pointers by Montemayor brought the score to 28-27 in Sleepy Eye’s favor. Junior Jay Helget responded with two threes of his own, and the Knights were able to tie the score at 36 at the half.
     
    The Indians jumped to a 50-42 lead to start the second. St. Mary’s kept up with a small run of its own and it looked like it was going to be another tight half. But after another set of back-to-back three-pointers by Montemayor, Sleepy Eye got some late game momentum. The Indians passed well on offense and continued to fight hard on defense which forced the Knights to miss several shots from the outside. Sleepy Eye took a 70-63 lead with two minutes left which forced St. Mary’s to start fouling. But both Brandon Polesky and Montemayor shot well from the free-throw line which was crucial in keeping their lead.
     
    The Knights had a couple bursts of hope in the final minutes as senior John Brandl made a quick lay-up with 40 seconds left to bring the score to 76-70. Also, a three by junior Payton Adams made it 79-73 with eight seconds remaining. But it was a race against the clock for St. Mary’s as it couldn’t come up with any game-changing plays in the final minutes while the Indians continued to shoot well from the line.
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    Behind Brandon Polesky and Montemayor, sophomore Austin Fischer had five points and six rebounds. Austin Trebesch had four points and Isaiah Krumbach had two points and eight rebounds.
     
    For St. Mary’s, Adams and Brandl led the team with 16 and 15 points, respectfully. Adams tallied in four rebounds as well, while Brandl had seven. Along with them was junior Jared Rothmeier who had 12 points, three rebounds and five steals. Senior Mike Hirsch was next, scoring 10 points and five rebounds. Junior David Surprenant had four points and seven rebounds.

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