The Ottumwa Courier

February 19, 2013

Balanced Sigourney rolls on, 86-34

ROGER THOMAS
Ottumwa Courier

SIGOURNEY — The Sigourney Savages placed four of their starters in double figures, and three of those players recorded double-doubles, as they downed Twin Cedars 86-34 in Class 1A District 10 semifinal action, Tuesday night in Sigourney. Twin Cedars, winners of nine of their last 10, had no answer for the deep and up-tempo Savages.

Sigourney used a 14-0 start to take control early. The four double figure scorers all got on the board early. Jackson Davis, with five, led the early surge. The first of Allan Denny’s four 3s ended the 14-point run. Derek Springer’s two free throws finally got the Sabers on the board — five minutes into the game. Vaclav Bujnoch, who had a game-high 22 for Sigourney, closed out the first quarter with consecutive baskets. Sigourney led 18-6 after one.

“I think we saw some nerves early,” said Twin Cedars coach Alan Stewart. “Lately we have been good at making the extra pass but we forced some things tonight.”

The second quarter was the most competitive. The Savages added 20, but the visitors got back on track and scored 15.

Sigourney scored twice to open the second before Hunter Embray hit a 3 for the Sabers. Bujnoch answered with a 3 to keep the lead at 25-9. The Savages added two more 3s in the quarter and after Denny’s 3 the lead was at 20. A late 3 by Eric Clark, his second of the quarter, cut the haftime margin to 38-21.

“We really defended hard,” said Sigourney coach Mitch Eslick.

After Twin Cedars opened the third with a basket, a 9-0 Savage run left no doubt about the outcome. Denny started the run with his third 3 and then Kyle Ferree had the final two baskets to put Sigourney up 47-23. Ferree would come up big by scoring all nine of his points in the quarter.

“It was a big quarter for me. I’m not a big scorer,” said Ferree. “Coach just emphasized at the half that we had to come out with the same intensity.”

Post man Brandon Stuhr stepped out and hit a 3 to push the lead to 30 at 58-28 with just under three minutes to play in the third. Stuhr was one of the double-double guys with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

“I’ve been working on the 3 lately but it’s really just about getting up the floor for an easy score,” said Stuhr.

The majority of the final quarter was played with the continuous clock. Davis’ first basket of the fourth brought him within one assist of his double-double. He would add one more basket and an assist to complete his impressive 13 point - 10 assist double-double.

“I like dishing off so our guys get good looks,” said Davis. “As far as my scoring goes, I just take advantage of teams worrying about “V” (Bujnoch).”

Twin Cedars geared their 3-2 zone to try and control Bujnoch.

“I was impressed how well all the Sigourney guys shot the ball,” added Stewart.

Bujnoch would have seven points in the fourth to lead Sigourney in the final quarter. Clark added his final basket to lead the Sabers with 10 for the game.

Reserves for both sides closed out the game and took the game to its 86-34 final.

“When we get balance like this and defend the way we did, we can be really tough,” added Eslick.

Sigourney (20-3) will take on the third straight representative from the Bluegrass Conference Thursday night,  when they travel to Albia to play Moulton-Udell. Game time is 7 p.m. — weather permitting.

Twin Cedars closes their season at 14-9.

Sigourney 86, Twin Cedars 34

T.C.         6     15   9   4    —    34   

Sig.        18     20  26  22    —    86   

Twin Cedars (34) — Clark 10, Embray 5, Dylan Springer 8, Derek Springer 5, Otis Roby 4, Trenton Bacus 2. Totals 14-55 3-6 34.

3-point goals — 3-22 (Clark 2, Embray). Fouled out — none . Rebounds — 23 (Roby 7). Assists — 10 (Clark 2, Coy Moore 2, Der. Springer 2, Roby 2). Steals — 6 (Roby 3). Blocks — 1 (Dy. Springer). Total fouls — NA. Turnovers — 18.

Sigourney (86) —Denny 12, Ferree 9, Davis 13, Blaine Gretter 4, Kevin Weber 2, Bujnoch 22, Stuhr 17, Shane Swearingen 2, Derek Albert 3, Colton Powers 2 . Totals 32-56 10-13 86.

3-point goals — 9-20 (Denny 4, Davis 2, Bujnoch 2, Stuhr). Fouled out —none . Rebounds — 36 (Bujnoch 11, Stuhr 10). Assists — 20 (Davis 10). Steals — 12 (Denny 3, Bujnoch 3). Blocks — 4 (Bujnoch 2, Stuhr 2). Total fouls — NA. Turnovers — 10.