The Ottumwa Courier

December 10, 2013

Big Reds score first win of the season

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

---- — CENTERVILLE — Two games into the season, two fourth-quarter leads had slipped away for the Centerville boys basketball team.

On Tuesday night, the Big Reds found a way to be in the lead when the final quarter was over. The solution, apparently, was to trail after three quarters.

After allowing 20 points to visiting Putnam County (Mo.) in the third quarter, leading to a 49-44 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, Centerville outscored the visiting Midgets 16-6 in the final quarter to rally for a 60-55 win on Tuesday night at Lakeview Gymnasium.

“We’ve been plugging and plugging away in the first three games, but we just couldn’t put one away,” Centerville head coach Matt Kruzich said. “It was fun to finally do that for a change.”

Four different Big Red players scored in double figures, led by Jared Armington’s 14-point, 12-rebound double-double. Michael Starcevich and Brett Kauzlarich each scored 13 points while Kolton Gonnerman had 11 points, seven assists and seven steals.

Centerville (1-2) opens South Central Conference play on Friday at 1-1 Davis County.

BOYS BASKETBALL

CENTERVILLE 60, PUTNAM COUNTY 55

Putnam Co. 14 15 20 6 — 55

Centerville 16 14 14 16 — 60

Centerville (60) — Jared Armington 14, Michael Starcevich 13, Brett Kauzlarich 13, Kolton Gonnerman 11, Garret Faris 9. Totals 24 FG 11-16 60.

3-point goals — 1 (Kauzlarich). Rebounds — 27 (Armington 12). Assists — 21 (Gonnerman 7, Starcevich 6). Steals — 11 (Gonnerman 7). Blocks — 3 (Armington 2). Total fouls — 14. Turnovers — 20.

Sigourney falls at Montezuma in SICL action

MONTEZUMA — Blaine Gretter scored a game-high 16 points and pulled in nine rebounds, but it was not enough to lead the Sigourney boys basketball team to a road South Iowa Cedar League win at Montezuma. Logan Price paced the Braves with 15 points as a 24-12 run in the second quarter paved the way to a 55-38 win over the Savages.

“You could tell it was our first road game of the year,” Sigourney head boys basketball coach Mitch Estlick said. “It’s a tough place to play and tough team to play anytime of the year. They took us out of a lot of the things we wanted to do.”

Sigourney (1-2, 1-2) returns home for an SICL matchup with North Mahaska on Friday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

MONTEZUMA 55, SIGOURNEY 38

Sigourney 7 12 8 11 — 38

Montezuma 11 24 13 7 — 55

Sigourney (38) — Blaine Gretter 16, Kevin Weber 9, Jordan Albert 6, Colby Kerkove 3, Peyton Crawford 2, Shane Swearingen 2. Totals 12 FG 10-20 38.

3-point goals — 4 (Albert 2, Kerkove, Weber). Fouled out — Crawford. Rebounds — 28 (Gretter 9). Total fouls — 15. Turnovers — 15.