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February 9, 2013

AREA BOYS BASKETBALL ACTION: Third-ranked Big Reds finish unbeaten in SCC play

CENTERVILLE — The third-ranked Centerville boys basketball team wrapped up the South Central Conference season with an unbeaten mark (10-0) in the league with a 74-55 victory over Clarke in action on Friday.

Kolton Gonnerman scored 16 points and Logan Dabney added 15 for the Big Reds, who broke a school record with their 18th straight win.

“These guys have really stepped up this year,” said Centerville coach Matt Kruzich. “Our team works at a level we haven’t seen here in a long time.”

Michael Starcevich added 14 points, while Payton Busch had nine points and 11 assists and Dabney completed a double-double with 14 rebounds. Dabney also blocked six shots while Busch had six steals.

“We’re playing well,” said Kruzich. “The kids feel like they can play with anyone in the state.”

The Big Reds (18-1) close the regular season at Pella on Monday, then open Class 3A district play on Monday, Feb. 18, when they host Knoxville.

Centerville 74, Clarke 55

Cla        6     15  9  25    —    55    

Cent        18     20  15  21    —    74    

Centerville (74) — Kolton Gonnerman 16, Logan Dabney 15, Michael Starcevich 14, Payton Busch 9, Jared Armington 6, Garrett Faris 4, B.J. Gavigan 4, Levi Sebolt 2, Jesse Stufflebeam 2, Spencer Sharp 2. Totals 31 11-18 74.

3-point goals — 1 (Busch). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 33 (Dabney 14). Assists — 22 (Busch 11). Steals — 16 (Busch 6). Blocks — 6 (Dabney 6). Total fouls — 11. Turnovers — 14.

Albia closes regular season with win over M-U

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ALBIA — Matt Baker led all scorers with 28 points and Tanner Kellogg scored 24 points and grabbed 23 rebounds — the fifth game this season Kellogg has had 20 or more boards — as the Albia boys basketball team took a 71-61 non-conference win over Moulton-Udell on Friday.

“Kellogg just has a nose for the ball,” said Albia coach Kevin Archer, whose team wraps up the regular season at 12-9. “Any win is a good win this time of the year. They (M-U) really shot the heck out of the ball.”

M-U (14-7) finished with 10 3-point baskets, but shot poorly in the early-going, as Albia took a 21-10 first-quarter lead.

“We’d like to have the first quarter back,” said M-U coach Brent Martsching. “We did shoot very well late in the game. Albia is a tough place to play, but I was proud of the way our kids played through that, and we made a good run at them.”

M-U trailed by double-digits for much of the night, but cut the Albia lead to six with about three minutes to play. The Blue Demons made free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

Kalen Martsching led M-U with 20 points, while Quentin Fowler scored 15 and Trey Stansberry added 10. Kyle Neher scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Eagles, who host Wayne on Thursday to open Class 1A district play.

Albia opens Class 2A district play Monday at Cardinal.

Albia 71, Moulton-Udell 61

M-U        10     17  13  21    —    61

Albia        21     17  18  15    —    71    

Moulton-Udell (61) — Grey McCoy 6, Trey Stansberry 10, Quentin Fowler 15, Kyle Neher 10, Kalen Martsching 20. Totals 23 5-9 61.

3-point goals — 10 (McCoy 2, Stansberry 2, Fowler 2, Martsching 4). Fouled out — None.

Rebounds — 29 (Neher 12). Assists — 17 (Fowler 6), Steals — 9 (Stansberry 4). Blocks — None. Total fouls — 13. Turnovers — 10.

Albia (71) — Matt Baker 28, Luke Sarver 1, Ryan Sarver 4, Tanner Wynn 2, Zach Hugen 9, Austin Luse 4, Tanner Kellogg 24. Totals 26 15-19 71.

3-point goals — 4 (Baker 4). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 51 (Kellogg 23). Assists — 16 (Wynn 7). Steals — 6 (Luse 2). Blocks — 3. Total fouls — 14. Turnovers — 16.

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