The Ottumwa Courier


February 14, 2013

Sigourney rolls in district opener

SIGOURNEY — The Class 1A, District 10 quarterfinal boys basketball game between Sigourney and Seymour turned into a game that neither team wanted, but it should have been expected. The young and under-sized Warriors were matched against the senior-laden Savages, who already had registered 18 wins on the season. Sigourney downed Seymour 90-22 in boys basketball action Thursday night in Sigourney.

Seymour advanced to the game by defeating Moravia 35-32, allowing them to split the series of games with their conference rival.

Sigourney will host Twin Cedars Tuesday night in the next round of the district.

Vaclav Bujnoch, with three early baskets, got the Savages off to a 10-0 lead just three minutes into the action. Nick Howell ended the run with two free throws. The lead went to 21-2 after a Bujnoch 3. Howell again went two for two at the line to halt the Sigourney run. Bujnoch ended the quarter with a dunk and the home team led 26-4 after one.

“There are things like size and quickness that you just can’t simulate in practice,” said Seymour coach Austin McCoy. “Night in and night out in their conference they get tested.”

Sigourney opened with eight straight in the second. Bujnoch had the first two baskets and his partner on the front line, Brandon Stuhr, added a pair to put the lead at 34-4. Howell scored again to get the Warriors back on the board. The Savage bigs combined for seven more in the quarter and two baskets by Sigourney’s top reserve, Blaine Gretter, were sandwiched around two more Howell free throws. Sigourney led 47-10 at the half.

The Warriors were forced into 25 first-half turnovers.

“We thought that we could turn them over and our defensive intensity to start did that,” said Sigourney coach Mitch Eslick. “I also thought we did a good job of sharing the ball.”

In the third, the Seymour youth continued to show as the Savages held a 24-6 advantage in the quarter. Midway through the third, the Warriors scored back-to-back baskets. Season leading scorer Jace Poole got in the scoring column and Luke Merritt followed with a steal that he turned into a basket. Bujnoch and Stuhr each had a pair of break-away dunks to highlight the play.

Bujnoch, who found his way to Sigourney last season as a foreign-exchange student, talked about his game and Iowa basketball experience.

“I had a great experience last season and I’ve made some adjustments to the style of play my team needs from me,” he said.

The Savages turned the fourth quarter over to the reserves. Gretter had three scores to finish his 12 point night to lead Sigourney in the final eight minutes.

“I’m familiar with playing off the bench,” said Gretter. “I try to play good defense and concentrate on moving the ball.”

Howell had the final two points for the Warriors again at the line. His 10 point game included eight for eight at the foul line.

“Any time you can be tested by another team, it’s better than practice” added Eslick. “It was great to get all of our guys some time on the floor.”

Sigourney 90, Seymour 22

Sey         4      6   6   6    —    22    

Sig        26     21  24  19    —    90    

Seymour (22) —Dalton Johnson 2, Poole 4, Howell 10, Anthony Furlin 2, Merritt 4 . Totals 6-24 10-10 22.

3-point goals — 0-3. Fouled out —none . Rebounds — 12 (Poole 4, Merritt 4). Assists — 1 (Merritt). Steals — 4 (Howell 3). Blocks — 0. Total fouls — 10. Turnovers — 40.

Sigourney (90) —Allan Denny 8, Kyle Ferree 2, Jackson Davis 6, Gretter 12, Kevin Weber 6, Bujnoch 29, Stuhr 17, Dalton Webster 2, Colton Powers 2, Jordan Albert 2, Colby Kerkove 2, Peyton Crawford 2. Totals 43-69 7-9 90.

3-point goals — 1-18 (Bujnoch). Fouled out —none . Rebounds — 33 (Stuhr 6). Assists — 16 (Davis 5). Steals — 28 (Bujnoch 7). Blocks — 5 (Stuhr 4). Total fouls — 11. Turnovers — 12.

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