Monarchs reclaim “Belt” for first time in four years

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Blake Crookshanks scores double digits, 12 points, for third straight game

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – It took one more year than expected, but the “Belt” is back in Exeter. That’s after the Monarchs got revenge from last seasons loss by defeating the Farmersville Aztecs 52-46 last Wednesday night.
“The kids played really hard tonight,” Exeter head coach Luis Muro said. “We knew this season we had a chance to do something different.”
Despite Exeter (2-1) boasting a nine-point lead, 29-20, at halftime there was sense that they had not played as well as they could have. In the opening quarters Exeter’s height had provided much of their points with second chances underneath the basket. A nine-point run at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarters began to stretch out their lead 17-10, but turnovers on pass attempts inside kept the Aztecs (1-1) around.
In the second half Muro had his players spread out more along the outside of the three-point line. It allowed Exeter to open lanes into the key. The move worked as they scored just about on every possession including, a ten-point run to complete the third quarter. At that point Exeter led 43-33.
“We have been working on spacing,” Muro said. “It is something that is new to them, and when they start to see the results they can’t complain.”
In the second half the Aztecs struggled to keep up. From the free throw line, they shot below 50 percent. They went 0-4 in the third quarter alone.
“We just made to many mistakes to overcome,” Farmersville head coach Fabian Acevedo. “We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot and never really cut into their lead.”
The Aztecs had a scary moment late in the second quarter when their career leading scorer Raymond Paramo collided with the wall pads behind the basket, and sprained his wrist. According to Acevedo, Paramo went into the locker room early to get ice, but returned to play in the second half.
Farmersville begins play at the Corcoran Tournament tomorrow at 2 p.m. against the Templeton Eagles.
Exeter travels to take on the Lindsay Cardinals on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.