In the first quarter in Somerville Tuesday night, it looked like Montgomery and Immaculata might be locked into a see-saw battle. After all, the game saw seven lead changes in the first seven minutes.
Immaculata settled in, though, got to a six-point lead a few times, and led until the halftime break, 30-27.
But Ryan Curry took over on offense, and the scoring seemed to fuel the Cougars’ defense. Their work on one end of the floor feeding it on the other allowed Montgomery to outscore the Spartans 25-5 over the next eight minutes, build a lead that was as big as 28, and win going away, 65-47 in a hard-fought Skyland Conference Raritan Division road game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.
Curry – who his coach says is only at about 85-percent after suffering a high ankle sprain earlier in the season – looked like he was at about 185-percent the entire game, not content to dish it out – though he did – but also slashing through the lane and finishing with a soft touch.
He had nine points – including a trey, his 17th of the year – in the decisive third quarter, while Aryan Gorty cleaned the offensive glass well; the senior center had several putbacks and finished with 14 for Montgomery, now 8-7, 5-3 in the division, still in second-place behind leader Rutgers Prep.
Immaculata drops to 6-10, 3-7 in the Raritan.
Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko with postgame reaction: