The Ottumwa Courier


January 16, 2013

AREA BOYS BASKETBALL ACTION: Big Reds roll to 10th straight win

CENTERVILLE — Another strong start, another win for the red-hot Centerville Big Reds.

Eighth-ranked (Class 3A) Centerville outscored Fairfield by 10 points in both the first and second quarters on Tuesday night on the way to the Big Reds’ 10th straight win. A 35-15 edge at the half was plenty, as Centerville took a 62-45 win over Fairfield at Lakeview Gymnasium.

“We played a terrific first half and we got the second half off to a good start,” Centerville head coach Matt Kruzich said. “All of a sudden, we couldn’t really find the basket. (Fairfield’s) a nice, scrappy ball team.”

Payton Busch led Centerville with a game-high 19 points, six assists and four steals while Garret Faris added 12. Matt Carr poured in 15 points, including three 3-pointers, for Fairfield.

The Trojans (3-9) continue a week of road games at Williamsburg on Thursday and at Southeast Conference rival Washington Friday. Centerville (10-1) will look for their 11th straight win in a South Central Conference clash Friday night at Davis County.

“Hopefully, we can keep it rolling on Friday,” Kruzich said.

Centerville 62, Fairfield 45

F.F.         9      6  17  13    —    45    

C’V        19     16  13  14    —    62    

Fairfield (45) — Matt Carr 15, Vincent Horras 9, Spencer Peterman 7, Darrin Dimmitt 5, Landon Gamrath 4, Jordan Reid 3, Joseph Hipetus 2. Totals 15 FG 10-14 45.

3-point goals — 5 (Carr 3, Dimmitt, Reid). Rebounds — 23 (Dimmitt 5). Assists — 9 (Dimmitt 4). Steals — 5 (Gamrath 2). Total fouls — 12. Turnovers — 19.

Centerville (62) — Payton Busch 19, Garret Faris 12, Kolton Gonnerman 10, Logan Dabney 8, Michael Starcevich 7, Levi Sebolt 4, B.J. Gavigan 1, Jesse Stufflebeam 1. Totals 25 FG 7-9 62.

3-point goals — 5 (Busch 3, Faris 2). Rebounds — 24 (Dabney 7). Assists — 13 (Busch 6). Steals — 12 (Busch 4). Blocks — 4 (Dabney 4). Total fouls — 16. Turnovers — 13.

Mustangs vanquish Valley Lutheran at Grinnell

GRINNELL — In a gym known so much for offense, the Davis County boys basketball team used defense to pick up a victory over Valley Lutheran on Tuesday night.

The Mustangs held the Cedar Falls school to just four points in the fourth quarter after holding a three-point lead through three quarters. Davis County used 17 steals to stymie the Crusaders in a 60-49 win at Grinnell College’s Darby Gymnasium.

“We didn’t set any scoring records like Grinnell does,” Davis County head coach Jeff Graves said. “This is the second time we’ve held an opponent to four points in the fourth quarter. We’ve been playing some good on-the-ball defense.”

Park Mikels led Davis County with 25 points and got four steals for the Mustangs. Colton Roberts added 10 points while Valley Lutheran was led by a 16-point night by John Stone.

Davis County (8-5) hosts South Central Conference leader Centerville on Friday.

Davis County 60, Valley Lutheran 49

D.C.        18     18  12  12    —    60    

V.L        17     12  16   4    —    49    

Davis Co. (60) — Park Mikels 25, Colton Roberts 10, Austin Erwine 6, Calvin Utt 5, McKane Wells 4, Damen Dixon 2, Kyle Birchmier 2, Tyler Knapp 2, Wyatt Garmon 2. Totals 28 FG 4-8 60.

3-point goals — 0. Rebounds — 21 (Garmon 4, Utt 4). Assists — 10 (Utt 4, Dixon 3). Steals — 17 (Mikels 4, Dixon 3, Utt 3). Total fouls — 9.

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