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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 1, 2014

Mt. Pleasant JV boys go 2-1 to even season record at 5-5

By Ashlee De Wit | Jan 16, 2014

After winning its weekend games against Washington and Central Lee, the Mt. Pleasant JV boys’ basketball team suffered its first loss since Christmas break in Tuesday’s game against Centerville, 50-48.

The team is now 5-5 overall and has a 4-1 record since returning from Christmas break.

The Panthers defeated Washington, 67-44, on Friday and came up with a 45-32 win over Central Lee on Saturday.

Kolby Raymond led the way in scoring against Washington with 12 points, and Beau Parkevich added 11.

Parkevich added three assists. Nathan McConnell grabbed six rebounds while Keegan Pullis and Kincaid Mitchell each pulled down five.

“We came out really sharp in the first half and then finished the game strong in the fourth quarter,” Coach Tyler Rodgers said.

Pullis paced the Panthers in the game against Central Lee with 10 points. He was followed by Raymond and Parkevich with nine and eight points, respectively.

Ben Canby, McConnell and Pullis each hauled in six rebounds and Spencer White dished out three assists.

“We were able to extend their zone later in the second half, opening up some driving and passing lanes, and then the kids took advantage of them and executed,” Rodgers said. “We’re really starting to play within ourselves and let the game happen instead of making bad decisions because we’re forcing things.”

In the loss to Centerville, Ben Canby led the scoring with 13 points, followed by Kincaid Mitchell and Nathan McConnell with nine and seven points, respectively.

No other stats were kept.

“We lost to this team by about 30 points before Christmas, and I believed we were better than that,” Rodgers said. “Although it wasn't a win, it the guys played with more enthusiasm and made some good plays.

“A couple of breaks our way and we win, but more importantly, we battled and proved that we could play with them,” he added.

The next game for the JV team is Friday at home against Fairfield, as part of a freshman/JV/varsity tripleheader that begins at 4:45 p.m.

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