The third quarter spelled doom once again for the Montesano High School boys basketball team against Hoquiam on Jan. 9.
The Bulldogs (6-6, 2-3) grabbed an early 7-5 lead after one quarter and led 23-19 at halftime, but Montesano turned the ball over 12 times in the third quarter and was held to just four points. Hoquiam ran away with the contest, outscoring Montesano, 21-9, in the fourth quarter to win, 55-36.
“We had a good first half and we came out in the second half and didn’t perform the same way,” coach Doug Galloway said. “We didn’t take care of the ball in the second half.”
Montesano has had up-and-down third quarters all season, from scoring 20 points in the third quarter against South Bend in the Bulldogs first game of the season to being held to a combined eight points in the third quarters of their last two games against Forks and Hoquiam.
On Jan. 7, Montesano led 31-20 at halftime over Forks. In the third quarter, the Spartans held the Bulldogs to four points, but Montesano settled down in the fourth quarter and outscored Forks 16-2 to win, 51-35.
“We bowed our backs and did what we needed to do and held off their run and started scoring a few points and started playing a little defense,” Galloway said.
The Bulldogs offensive woes were not helped against Hoquiam with seniors Kenny Roy and Evan Bialkowsky fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Roy led Montesano with 17 points against Forks and 15 points against Hoquiam. Sophomore Kaleb Chastain scored 10 points against Forks and added seven points against Hoquiam.
Galloway said it is up to the coaches to find a way to get the Bulldogs to perform at their best in the third quarter for the rest of the season.
“In the first half we put together a great 16 minutes, we hold them to 19 points,” Galloway said. “We did a great job for 16 minutes. We just have to make that into 24 and then 32. If we can put 32 minutes together, we can be pretty tough.”