The Ottumwa Courier


February 21, 2014

Sharp-shooting Saunders lifts V.B. past Sigourney in boys district hoops


After playing on the same floor as the Panthers last Friday in the SEISC Shootout, Tuesday in the district quarterfinals and on Tuesday in Centerville in the district semis, Van Buren is becoming very familiar with its potential postseason foe. At one point on Thursday, the statement "Pekin is watching" could be heard coming out of the Van Buren huddle.

“We can’t escape that. Pekin’s going to be there on Tuesday with us as well,” Parsons said. “There’s not much you can hide at this point from each other.”

“We know they’re watching us and they know we’re watching them,” Saunders said of Pekin. “If we both play good (on Tuesday), it should be a fun game on Thursday.”

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Class 1A, District 10 Second Round


Sigourney 5 9 8 8 — 30

Van B. 24 20 14 15 — 73

Sigourney (30) — Blaine Gretter 13, Jordan Albert 5, Kevin Weber 5, Alex Stuhr 4, Colton Powers 2, Shane Swearingen 1. Totals 11-42 7-13 30.

3-point goals — 1-14 (Albert 1-2, Peyton Crawford 0-1, Gretter 0-1, Powers 0-1, Swearingen 0-2, Danny Bechert 0-3, Colby Kerkove 0-4). Fouled out — Crawford. Rebounds — 27 (Stuhr 8, Gretter 6, Crawford 3, Kerkove 3, Albert 2, Swearingen 2, Weber 2, Powers). Assists — 8 (Crawford 3, Swearingen 3, Albert, Kerkove). Steals — 7 (Kerkove 3, Powers 2, Albert, Swearingen). Blocks — 0. Total fouls — 17. Turnovers — 25.

Van Buren (73) — Garrett Saunders 21, Pedrick Garrett 12, Robby Laughlin 10, Will Mertens 10, Thomas Fitzsimmons 9, Tanner Smith 5, Brandon Plecker 4, Robert Barker 2. Totals 28-51 10-19 73.

3-point goals — 7-16 (Saunders 5-8, Laughlin 1-2, Mertens 1-3, Brayden Starnes 0-1, Plecker 0-2). Rebounds — 38 (Fitzsimmons 10, Garrett 5, Mertens 5, Smith 5, Laughlin 4, Saunders 3, Barker 2, Starnes 2, Drew Nolting, Plecker). Assists — 21 (Saunders 7, Plecker 5, Laughlin 2, Nolting 2, Smith 2, Fitzsimmons, Mertens, Starnes). Steals — 15 (Saunders 4, Mertens 3, Garrett 2, Laughlin 2, Smith 2, Fitzsimmons, Plecker). Blocks — 3 (Smith 2, Fitzsimmons). Total fouls — 12. Turnovers — 12.

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