Mt. Pleasant boys blow past rival Washington
BY BILL GATCHEL
Golden Triangle News Service
WASHINGTON — Whenever there is a rivalry game, the air is filled with excitement and each other’s fans are hoping their team wins. That was the case for Mt. Pleasant Friday night as the Panther boys basketball team dropped the Washington Demons on the road, 86-36.
It was clear from the onset who the winner would be as Mt. Pleasant would start off strong in the first quarter putting up seven points before allowing the host team to get on the board.
After giving up four points to Washington, Mt. Pleasant answered by adding six more before letting Washington score four more points. The Panthers would add an additional five points by the end of the quarter to have an 18-8 point lead.
Both teams answered each other’s points at the start of the second quarter, but Mt. Pleasant slowly started to build a lead after letting Washington add a total of ten before ending the quarter with a 14-point ride ending the half up 45-18.
After returning to the court, Mt. Pleasant would pull ahead even further putting up enough points to enforce the continuous clock rule with nearly five minutes left in the third. Washington would struggle to score the entire frame only scoring ten while the visiting Panthers added 22 more putting the score at 67-28.
Washington was only allowed to score eight points in the fourth quarter while Mt. Pleasant dominated the scoring by adding another 19 to get the win 86-36.
Coach Paul Rundquist said of the victory, “I was impressed with the energy. We started with it and kept it. We have been lacking that energy in the first half.
“I’m proud of the kids coming here on the road. It’s not an easy place to play. They really put it together.”
One of the major parts of the game were the successful three-point shots made. “If we’re open, we try to shoot the basketball,” Rundquist says. “I’ve always said when you’re running offense, you get high percentage looks. Have confidence and shoot the ball when you’re open and the boys did that tonight.”
Neither team racked up many fouls in the game. That’s something always Rundquist likes to see. “We don’t like to pull guys out of the game early because they picked up a couple of fouls. It’s all about playing position and good fundamental defense.”
Rundquist says after playing at Central Lee, he hopes the team can keep up their energy as they face even more action this week.”
Leading the scoring for the Panthers was Brady Sartorius with 27 points. He also had three rebounds, four assists and three steals in the game. Colin Mulford scored 14 points and had two rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Jordan Magnani had nine points, one rebound, four assists and four steals. Also scoring nine points was Jonathan Ita who had four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Maison Ashton scored seven points in the game. He also had one rebound. Brody McGhghy had five points, one rebound, four assists and one steal. Kieran Kohorst scored five points, had five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Also scoring five points was Tom O’Connor who had six rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks as well. Rhett Zeglen scored three points and had one rebound in the game. Tucker Johnson rounded out the scoring with two points and had one assist.