By FRANK CASH
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Monroe City boys basketball team did everything it could to keep Palmyra's top two scorers from being a factor Friday night.
Brock Butler and Trevor Meny, who both average nearly 14 points per game, faced a triangle-and-2 defense nearly the entire game.
"We hadn't faced a triangle-and-2 all season, and I was worried it was going to happen sometime," Palmyra coach Brian Meny said after his team's 69-63 Clarence Cannon Conference overtime win. "It turned out all right for us."
It made Brian Meny get a little creative late in the game.
With the score tied with less than two minutes left in regulation, Palmyra pulled the ball out, and Josh Hultz held it until Brian Meny called a timeout with 10.7 seconds left. That set up a long 3-pointer for Trevor Meny which fell short at the buzzer.
Despite the miss, Palmyra's patience had swung the momentum. Palmyra took a five-point lead early in overtime and held on.
Brian Meny was proud of the way his young Palmyra team -- which has only one senior -- took care of business in overtime.
"They still need to do a better job of making certain decisions, but that's the maturity of a young team," Brian Meny said. "But they're making a lot of progress."
The game was back and forth for much of regulation, but Palmyra (16-9, 7-2) took its biggest lead at 56-50 when Bazil Keller scored off his own miss with 5:58 left in the fourth quarter.
Palmyra still led 59-55 after Caleb Kizer made a free throw with 3:34 left in the fourth. But Monroe City (6-19, 1-8) tied the score on a basket by Blake Grice and two free throws from Scott Hoover.
That was the last chance Monroe City had to score in regulation, thanks to Palmyra's stall.
"We've been playing a lot more aggressively, and that showed tonight," Monroe City coach Brock Edris said. "We've had different players step up and take some of the load. Things didn't go our way in overtime, but I think we did a pretty good job in regulation."
Keller led Palmyra with 21 points, and Meny scored 15. Grant O'Bryan led Monroe City with 17 points, and Grice added 14.