Mt. Pleasant boys burn Big Reds in second half
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
The Mt. Pleasant boys’ basketball team made it three in a row on Tuesday night.
The Panthers dominated Centerville in a non-conference game, dropping the Big Reds 70-45.
Mt. Pleasant played pressure defense on the Big Reds all game, which allowed them to jump out to a 29-20 lead at halftime.
The real difference came in the second half, however, when the Panthers were able to wear Centerville down and use a slew of fastbreak points to break the game open.
“Well, that just goes to show that the kids are in pretty good shape,” said Panther head coach Paul Rundquist about pulling away in the second half. “We really played with our feet and not our hands, and stopped slapping at the basketball (in the second half).”
Mt. Pleasant outscored Centerville, 41-25, in the final two periods en route to the 25-point win.
The Panther defense was able to hold a high-powered Centerville offense to its second lowest scoring output of the year. The Big Reds won a defensive battle with Ft. Madison, 44-37, earlier this month.
A big part of the defensive effort was slowing down star senior Brett Kauzlarich, who came in averaging 27.8 points per game including a 46-point game at Chariton in their last game.
“We were definitely trying to shadow a little bit towards him,” Rundquist said after the game. “Credit the kids, they did a terrific job guarding him, and he’s tough (to) defend.”
The Panthers were led by Brady Sartorius, who scored 20 points. Colin Mulford had 13. Jordan Magnani scored 12 and Tom O’Conner scored 11 to give Mt. Pleasant four double-digit scorers.
Kieran Kohorst scored seven points in the win. Jonathan Ita had three and the duo of Peyton Kelly and Rhett Zeglen scored two apiece.
Mt. Pleasant moved to 3-1 on the season. They’ll travel to West Burlington on Thursday, Dec. 22, for another non-conference game, starting at 7:30 p.m.