Faris led the team in scoring on the night, shooting 9-for-12 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line to finish the game with 22 points. Three other starters for Centerville also ended the night in double digits. Starcevich and Kauzlarich each ended the night with 13 while Jared Armington recorded 10 points.
Starcevich and Armington tied for the team-high number for rebounds, with nine each. Gonnerman was the team’s assist leader with eight.
“This was a great conference win against a very athletic Albia team,” Centerville head coach Matt Kruzich said. “Our defense was very active and we worked for good shots offensively. Garrett Faris led the way in scoring and did a nice job attacking offensively. All of our seniors had a good night and displayed veteran leadership and positive teamwork.”
The group of Big Reds seniors have had Albia’s number over their four years. In eight games between the two teams since the 2011-12 school year, Centerville has won all eight.
The last loss to Albia occurred in 2010, when the Big Reds fell twice to the Blue Demons on the basketball court.
Centerville (14-5, 7-2 in SCC) will host Clarke on Friday to finish out the South Central Conference season. They’ll host Pella for their regular season finale on Tuesday.
Their post-season journey is now known in both Class 3A and 4A. Centerville earned a second seed out of the district. They’ll open post-season play in Chariton on Feb. 24 against Knoxville at 6:30 p.m.
The Class 3A, District 13 championship game will be held on Feb. 27 at either Oskaloosa or Chariton, depending on which teams advance from the first round. In District 12, Fairfield will open postseason play in Keokuk against Fort Madison at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, the same night that Ottumwa will open Class 4A, Substate 6 play at Newton at 7.