The roads were surprisingly bad on the way to and from Van Horne last night.
But the boys’ basketball game between Solon and Benton Community made it worth the white-knuckle driving.
Benton’s Levi Montague hit a desparation 3-pointer as time expired in regulation, but Solon owned overtime and prevailed, 78-68.
This was excellent basketball. Solon has a bevy of playmakers, most notably UNI signee Matt Morrison (20 points, 8 steals) and post Tucker Wentzien (17 points, 14 rebounds). Benton sophomore Zach Twedt (22 points) is going to be terrific.
The Bobcats stayed close by hitting 13 of 30 3-point attempts, but ran out of gas in the last 3 minutes of OT as the Spartans scored the final 14 points.
I cover boys’ basketball in the Metro occasionally on a spot basis and find it to be brutish. The game has gotten too physical. But this … this was extremely enjoyable.
Now it’s off to the U.S. Cellular Center for Rivalry Saturday. I’ll have regular updates there.