North Platte Community College sophomore Ethan Montalvo has been named to the 2013-14 all-region IX first team for outstanding play during the season.
Also, both Montalvo and sophomore Tim Simmons were named to the all-region IX tournament team for their play during the regional tournament.
The Knights finished the season with a 27-5 record. The season came to an end with a loss to Gillette College (29-3) in the regional semifinals.
Montalvo and Simmons will go down as two of the best players in Knights history, the college said in announcing their selections. Both players finished in the Top 50 of the Knights career scoring list.
Montalvo started every game of his two-year Knights career. He led the Knights in scoring this season with 18.9 points per game and in steals at 2.2 per game, while also contributing 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
In the Region IX tournament, Montalvo scored 15, 22 and 18 points per game for a 18.3 point average and had five steals in a game.
Montalvo finished his career with 1,173 points – fifth all-time for the college. He also tied Chase Grabau, Ben Wilson and Aboubacar Casse for most games played in a Knights uniform -- 68.
It is the second year that Montalvo has won such honors. He was all-region IX second team a year ago and is a repeat selection for the All-Region IX tournament team.
Simmons was named to the All-Region IX Tournament team after scoring 16, 11 and 11 points per game, along with 10 assists. On defense, Simmons guarded the opposition’s best perimeter player. Simmons finished his career with 700 career points – 40th all-time -- to go along with his assignment of guarding the best player every night. Montalvo and Simmons have been a part of the most successful two-year stretch in program history as they compiled a 57-11 record during their career, including a Region IX championship in 2013 and National Tournament appearance.
The 57 wins are the most in program history in a two-year stretch and the 11 losses are the fewest. Montalvo and Simmons have never known defeat at McDonald-Belton gymnasium finishing a perfect 28-0 in their two years, also a school record.
All Region IX Team men's basketball Division I, 2013-14
Muhammed Ahmed- Gillette College
Fred Dure- Sheridan College
Deon Edwin- Laramie County Community College
Ethan Montalvo – North Platte Community College
Bronson Moton- Northeastern Junior College
Jay Wright- Casper College
North Sub-Region - Shawn Neary, Gillette College
South Sub-Region - Eddie Trenkle, Northeastern Junior College
Region IX All-Tournament Team, 2014
Casper College #11 Jay Wright.
Gillette College #35 Muhaammed Ahmed, #14 Lorenzo Bonam, #2 Dwight Anderson.
North Platte #15 Ethan Montalvo, #35 Tim Simmons.
Northeastern Junior College #10 Duol Mayot, #1 Jamel Crocker, #22 Jamal Peterson.
Northwest College #11 Jonothan Newsom.
Otero Junior College #1 Chris Golden.
Sheridan College #14 Abednego Lufile, #22 Jeff Amazan.
Western Nebraska #2 Tyler Crosbie.
McCook Community College #25 Dominic Williams.