The Ottumwa Courier

January 16, 2013

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

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

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.



Sigourney wins eighth straight game

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SIGOURNEY — The area’s top scorer helped keep one of the area’s hottest teams rolling on Tuesday. Vaclav Bujnoch added a 20-point night to his area-best 21.7 scoring average as Sigourney toppled Tri-County, 62-28, in South Iowa Cedar League boys basketball action.

The victory extends the Savages’ winning streak to eight straight games. Bujnoch added 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Kevin Weber poured in 12 points.

Both Sigourney (11-2) and Tri-County next take on Montezuma. The Savages head to Monte on Friday while the Braves travel to Thornburg next Tuesday to take on the Trojans.

Sigourney 62, Tri-County 28

T-C         2      8   6  12    —    28    

Sig        17     29  10  6    —    62    

Sigourney (62) — Allan Denny 9, Jackson Davis 4, Blaine Gretter 9, Derek Albert 2, Kevin Weber 12, Vaclav Bujnoch 20, Brandon Stuhr 6. Totals 26 6-7 62.

3-point goals — 4 (Denny, Gretter, Weber, Bujnoch). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 29 (Bujnoch 11). Total fouls — 20. Turnovers — 20.



Blue Demons blow out Pleasantville

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ALBIA — Tanner Kellogg scored 33 points while Matt Baker added 25 as the Albia boys basketball team took a 77-55 non-conference win over Pleasantville in action on Monday.

Kellogg also grabbed 14 rebounds while Baker drilled five 3-pointers for Albia, who improved to 7-5 overall on the season.

“Those two guys did the scoring, but we had nine guys step tonight, and all of them did some really good things,” said Albia coach Kevin Archer.

The Blue Demons will look to improve on their 2-2 South Central Conference record with action Friday at Chariton.

Albia 77, Pleasantville 55

Pleas        15     11  17  12    —    55    

Albia        23     16  18  20    —    77    

Albia (77) — Matt Baker 25, Ryan Sarver 3, Tanner Wynn 2, Zach Hugen 4, Mason Cox 6, Tanner Kellogg 33, Colton Dorpinghaus 2. Totals 30 8-11 77.

3-point goals — 9 (Baker 5, Sarver, Kellogg 3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 45 (Kellogg 14, Wynn 7). Assists — 17 (Cox 4, Wynn 4). Steals — 11 (Hugen 3). Blocks — 1 (Hugen). Total fouls — 16. Turnovers — 16.