The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

January 25, 2013

No. 7 Centerville earns 13th straight win

EDDYVILLE — In the first half, Michael Starcevich could hardly miss. In the second half, Logan Dabney could hardly be contained.

Once again on Friday night, Centerville looked like a team that can hardly be stopped.

The seventh-ranked boys basketball team in all of Class 3A couldn’t be slowed down on the road by Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. Despite a sharp-shooting start by the Rockets and 21-point effort from Christian Bambrook, EBF couldn’t stop the Big Reds from winning their 13th straight game, as Centerville methodically pulled away for an 84-60 win.

“I give all the credit to these kids,” Big Reds head coach Matt Kruzich said after the Big Reds most recent impressive win. “Anything I ask them to do, they’re giving me 100 percent. They’re getting after it. I can’t ask for anything more then that.”

For the third straight Friday night, Centerville left an opposing SCC coach singing the praises of the red-hot Big Reds.

“They’re a great team and their record indicates that,” EBF head coach Travis Stout said. “For the most part, I thought our guys played pretty darn good overall. We didn’t turn the ball over a lot like we did when we met them earlier this year.

“The difference I thought, was (Centerville’s) ability to get to the rim on a lot of baskets. That and second-chance points really started to pile up on us.”

Those second-chance opportunities were at the heart of a key one-on-one battle in the paint between Dabney and Bambrook. The final meeting between the seniors narrowly went to Centerville’s star, as a strong second half left Dabney with a game-high 22-point, 14-rebound double-double to Bambrook’s 21 and nine.

“Christian’s a good player. We’ve been battling it out since seventh grade,” Dabney said. “We both know we’re going to have a heck of time guarding each other and playing against each other.”

Dabney’s personal effort came as a by-product of a smoothly-run transition game by the Big Reds. Centerville’s crisp passing up the court and in half-court sets gave Dabney several high-quality looks in the paint.

“It’s easy for me to score. When I have guards coming in playing like that, I get used to the easy looks,” Dabney said. “Coach has actually been telling us to slow the pace down lately, but in this game we started picking that pace back up.”

“That was reminder we had in practice this week that we are a track team first,” Kruzich added. “We’ve kind of built our reputation and high-scoring ability by running the floor. We kind of wanted to get back to pushing the ball up the court.”

Centerville’s winning up-tempo style has drawn the attention of another local team that has had the same kind of success. Frank Williams and Gary Ross, members of the eighth-ranked Indian Hills Warriors, attended Friday’s game to watch the Big Reds showing.

“I went over there and watched them once,” Starcevich said of the Warriors. “They’re a good team. They’re run-and-gun and I feel like we have the same kind of technique.

“We both hit a lot of shots and win games.”

Starcevich put on a shooting display for all in attendance on Friday, hitting his first five shots while scoring 11 of his 19 points in the opening quarter to keep Centerville in front. EBF got as close as three midway through the first half, but were kept at bay by Starcevich’s game-best 17 points in the first two quarters.

“We just rotate every night. We have different top scorers every night,” Starcevich said. “Whoever’s got the hot hand is going to shoot it. If you’re feeling it, you’re going to take the shot.”

EBF (8-10, 1-7) will be off for a week before heading to Albia for an SCC matchup next Friday. Stout hopes the rest will help the Rockets make a surge toward the postseason.

“We’re not as deep as we need to be to compete night in and night out in this conference, but on any given night anybody can beat anybody,” Stout said. “We’re looking at continuous improvement in a couple of key areas. Hopefully that’s something we can work on this week.”

No. 7 Centerville (13-1, 7-0) will look to extend their winning streak Monday at home against Oskaloosa. While 13 straight wins has been impressive, it was that eighth win that stands out as a turning point to the season for Kauzlarich.

“As soon as we got that Mount Pleasant win, our attention span in practice, our energy and our attitude went to a whole new level,” Kruzich said. “These kids want to get better. They want to make this postseason run. We have to concentrate game by game, but at the same time we have a big goal going for us.”

No. 7 (3A) Centerville 84, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 60

C’V        25     19  19  21    —    84    

EBF        17     13  16  14    —    60    

Centerville (84) — Logan Dabney 22, Michael Starcevich 19, Payton Busch 12, Garrett Faris 12, Kolton Gonnerman 12, Levi Sebolt 5, Jesse Stufflebeem 2. Totals 34-69 11-13 84.

3-point goals — 5-18 (Starcevich 2-4, Faris 1-2, Busch 1-4, Sebolt 1-4, Dabney 0-1, Jes. Stufflebeem 0-1, Gonnerman 0-2). Rebounds — 37 (Dabney 14, Busch 6, Faris 6, Starcevich 4, Gonnerman 3, Sebolt 2, Jeremy Stufflebeem, Jes. Stufflebeem). Assists — 23 (Busch 8, Starcevich 4, Dabney 3, Faris 3, Sebolt 3, Gonnerman 2). Steals — 8 (Gonnerman 3, Busch 2, Starcevich 2, B.J. Gavigan). Blocks — 2 (Dabney 2). Total fouls — 14. Turnovers — 13.

EBF (60) — Christian Bambrook 21, Trevor Leffler 19, Brandon Plate 8, Trevor Swartz 8, Christopher Welch 4. Totals 25-65 3-6 60.

3-point goals — 7-25 (Leffler 3-9, Plate 2-4, Swartz 2-9, Dakota Shepherd 0-1, Jevin Jensen 0-2). Rebounds — 28 (Bambrook 9, Jensen 9, Plate 3, Shepherd 3, Swartz 2, Leffler, Welch). Assists — 22 (Swartz 9, Jensen 6, Plate 4, Bambrook, Shepherd, Jackson Voyles). Steals — 7 (Jensen 2, Welch 2, Leffler, Plate, Voyles). Blocks — 3 (Bambrook 3). Total fouls — 15. Turnovers — 11.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 0419 OTT Sports IHCC baseball photo Falcons remain in first after sweep at Muscatine MUSCATINE — Friday provided the first-place Indian Hills baseball team with two very different games at Muscatine. Fortunately for the Falcons, the results were the same. IHCC remained tied atop the region with Iowa Western after sweeping the first t

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports IHCC golf photo Warrior golfers boast big lead at Illinois invite SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — After one round, the Indian Hills men's golf team boasts a 15-stroke lead in the Blue Boy Invitational Friday with a score of 296 strokes. Jakob Garstecki spearheaded the Warriors' success by firing the top score of the day at 72

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0419 OTT Sports softball color photo Warriors suffer sophomore day sweep to Southeastern OTTUMWA — Jim Overturf has been coaching junior college softball for over two decades. In that time, Overturf has seen over two decades worth of days dedicated to celebrating a departing class of sophomore players. In his experience, Overturf has see

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albia boys have record-setting night at Waukee WAUKEE — Alex Schultz turned in a pair of outstanding performances at what ended up being a record-setting night for the Albia boys track and field team at the Waukee Invitational. Competing as the lone Class 2A school against some elite competition,

    April 18, 2014

  • 0419 OTT Sports Ottuwa Conference photo Ottumwa AD talks about possible conference change OTTUMWA — Tom Kopatich has plenty of experience with the Southeast Conference. Kopatich, the athletic director for Ottumwa High School, coached the Ottumwa football team when the Bulldogs belonged to the conference. So what does he think about a pos

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • On Tap Saturday Boys Soccer Ottumwa at Waterloo West Invitational, 9 a.m. Oskaloosa at Winterset Tournament, 10 a.m. College Golf Indian Hills at Buena Vista Spring Invitational (Storm Lake) College Baseball Indian Hills at Muscatine (DH), Noon College Softball Indi

    April 18, 2014

  • Ottumwa boys track ties for seventh in Urbandale URBANDALE — The Ottumwa boys track and field team tied for seventh place with Des Moines North at the Chuck Silvey Invitational at Urbandale Thursday with 11 points. The Bulldog boys 4x400 team of Roger Cruz, Matt Moreland, Jalen Strunk and Osha Wyl

    April 18, 2014

  • Clarification Clarification: The Ottumwa boys tennis team competes at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dan Staggs Courts against Ankeny.

    April 18, 2014

  • Southeast Iowa Fishing Report Red Haw Lake Anglers have been catching some largemouth bass along with some bluegills and crappies. Use minnows and a bobber around brush piles. Lake Sugema Very little fishing activity has been occurring but some anglers were able to catch some sma

    April 18, 2014

  • Couple makes face paint for wild turkey hunters RED WING, Minn. (AP) -- You could call it man makeup. It's a water-based skin application made from natural ingredients such as organic rooibos tea and zinc oxide. It's nonallergenic, won't clog your pores, doesn't stain clothes and provides protecti

    April 18, 2014

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard
Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook