Mustangs top Big Reds in season opener

Caedyn Glosser (3) drives to the basket as Davis County teammate Dalton Reeves (14) looks for a potential pass as Centerville teammates Brody Tuttle (4), Isaac Byrd (3) and Connor Stephens play defense during South Central Conference boys basketball action at Lakeview Gymnasium in Centerville.

CENTERVILLE — Two games. Two wins.

The Mike Bunnell era is off to a successful start. Dalton Reeves followed up a 17-point opening-night at Centerville with 23 points on Saturday as the Davis County High School boys basketball team won, 58-49, on Friday over the Big Reds before rolling to an 82-49 non-conference win over Central Lee on Saturday.

"We've kind of been knocking off all the rust, but I like how things are going to go for us this year," Reeves said. "The first games are going to be a little rough. We knocked off a lot of rust at Centerville. I think we're going to come back even stronger."

Bunnell is hoping to guide the Mustang boys to their first winning season on the hardwood in seven years. Davis County gradually pulled ahead of Centerville in Friday's opener, taking the lead for good with 2:07 left in the opening quarter on a drive to the basket by Carson Maeder.

"The boys are still learning my system. I'm still learning things about our team," Bunnell said. "We only have three returning players with Dalton, Carson and Caedyn Glosser. Most of the other kids are all returning junior varsity kids. Brody Humphrey, even as a senior, played mostly JV last year.

"We're mixing people in. We're trying to get everything going. I was hoping to do enough stuff to win that first game out of the gate. We know we're going to get better, so we'll take it."

The Big Reds (0-3, 0-1 SCC) made strides in the fourth quarter, cutting a 17-point Davis County lead all the way down to 55-49 with 16.7 seconds left thanks to five straight points in the final minute by Connor Stephens. Hoping to get the game into overtime, Centerville's brought the ball up the court with a chance to cut the Davis County lead to three only to have a long pass sail out of bounds as the 19th Big Red turnover of the game officially ended the hopes of a conference-opening home win.

"I liked the fight our guys showed. I have to figure out how to not throw too much at our kids," Centerville head boys basketball coach Tom Hill said. "I'll take a lot of the blame for this loss. We were trying to find, offensively, something we could use with the personnel we had and keep it simple.

"I put too much on the guys. We didn't run anything organized. I kind of handcuffed our kids in the first half."

Brody Tuttle led Centerville with 20 points and nine rebounds against the Mustangs. Isaac Byrd added 10 points for the Big Reds.

After hosting Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in a key South Central Conference clash, Davis County will head to Wayne for non-conference action on Saturday. The Big Reds return to SCC play Friday at home against Albia.

— Scott Jackson can be reached at sjackson@ottumwacourier.com. Follow him on Twitter@CourierScott.

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