Papendick leads Mustangs to win

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:46 am on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Montabella’s Charlie Helmer puts up a shot with an Evart defender in his face druing Monday’s game at home. The Mustangs won 47-38.

BLANCHARD — It took a little bit of doing, but thanks to free throws from Jemikal Papendick, the Montabella boys basketball team got a win Monday night.

The Mustangs got by the Evart Wildcats 47-38 in a game that saw a lot of swings.

“I knew Evart would be tough,” Montabella coach Cam Gatrell said. “They’re scrappy, they play hard. They collapsed it in on Charlie (Helmer). That’s happened all year.”

Montabella (12-5) got off to a hot start defensively in the first quarter, holding Evart (6-10) to one field goal in the entire first quarter.

“We were getting in their face, playing help-side defense,” Gatrell said. “We executed our game plan defensively, limiting their (Evart’s) shots, closing out on shooters, helping each other out, playing team defense.”

That gave the Mustangs an 11-5 lead after one quarter, but the Wildcats paid back Montabella in the second by holding them to just two field goals. The Mustangs’ first point came with 2:15 left in the second quarter, stopping a 10-0 run.

“They’re a good defensive team,” Gatrell said. “We weren’t moving the ball well, we weren’t getting the ball to the short corner, we weren’t getting the ball to the high post. We just weren’t playing as a team. It all comes off of ball movement.”

The only thing Gatrell told his team at halftime was to move the ball.

“We talked about ball movement, body movement, where to be in certain spots when the ball went in certain places,” he said.

The result was Montabella held Evart to just three field goals, the first of which came with 2:32 left in the quarter. That ended a 10-3 Mustang run.

“We talked about when we play defense we’re tough to beat,” Gatrell said. “Sometimes we have lapses. That’s been probably the most frustrating thing for me.”

Then Papendick took over in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of the Mustangs’ 17 points. He was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Papendick finished with 17 points. Josh Dailey and Nate Jankowsky had eight each.

“They (Evart) play a clawing, scrapping defense,” Gatrell said. “Until you hit a few jumpers, until you get the ball moving and swing it and get the bodies moving, we’re not going to get easy looks.”

The Mustangs will play twice more this week, both on the road. They head to White Cloud on Wednesday and Coleman on Friday.

Montabella 47, Evart 38

Evart 5 10 9 14 — 38

Montabella 11 7 12 17 — 47

EVART (6-10) – Lang 5 0-1 13, Boyd 2 4-4 8, Hooker 0 3-4 3, Bengry 1 0-0 2, J. VanOrder 5 1-2 11, Pattee 0 1-2 1. Totals: 13 9-13 38. Three-point goals: Lang 3. Total fouls: 19. Fouled out: Lang.

MONTABELLA (12-5) – Dunn 1 0-0 2, Papendick 4 9-10 17, Braman 1 0-0 2, Dailey 4 0-0 8, Jankowsky 3 0-0 8, Gilman 3 0-3 6, Helmer 1 2-3 4. Totals: 17 11-16 47. Three-point goals: Jankowsky 2. Total fouls: 14. Fouled out: none.

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