Muscatine rolls through Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant boys’ basketball team’s defense struggled to stop Class 4A Muscatine, and its offense couldn’t keep pace with the Muskies in a 60-36, nonconference loss on Tuesday night in Mt. Pleasant.
The Panthers allowed Muscatine a 15-2 run to start the game, and they never recovered. They trailed 29-14 at halftime.
“We worked so hard to get good looks on offense that we forgot about the defensive end,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Paul Rundquist said.
Despite their efforts, Panthers scored nearly 20 points below their average of 55.2 points per game. But their coach is more concerned about the points scored on the other side of the court.
“It’s not what we were doing offensively, necessarily — we have not been stopping anybody defensively,” Rundquist said. “We’ve got to get some pride back on the defensive end, and that will affect what we’re doing on offense.”
Rundquist wants to see the defense to feed the offense.
“That’s what any good team does,” he said.
“I think at the beginning of the season we were playing tough, and now we’re not,” he added. “Teams that are tough — teams that play with pride and with heart — are good defensive ball clubs. It takes some pressure off the offense.”
On the night, Pat Canby had a team-high nine points and Dustin Amos led the team on the boards with seven rebounds. Trey Magnani had four assists and Brandon Sanchez had two steals.
The Panthers are now 6-8 on the season and remain 2-3 in the conference. They look to even their conference record Friday, when they will try for their second win of the season against Keokuk.
“We played Keokuk smart — we were the aggressor last time, when we played here,” Rundquist said. “We have to try to retreat back to that mentality.”
The JV boys play the first game at Keokuk, starting at 4:45 p.m. They are followed by the varsity girls and varsity boys.
The JV boys’ team also played against the Muskies last night, moving to 6-7 on the year after losing by a score of 56-42.
“We had a couple stretches where we didn't play very well, and we had some stretches where we played great,” Coach Tyler Rodgers said.
Kolby Raymond led the scoring with nine points, and Tyler Batten scored eight.
“Tyler (Batten) has really shot the ball well the last two games and hopefully he continues that trend the rest of the season,” Rodgers said. “Beau Parkevich did a good job handling the ball and had three assists.”
Spencer White and Nathan McConnell each grabbed four rebounds.
MT. PLEASANT varsity (36)
Brandon Sanchez 2 0-0 6, Trey Magnani 2 2-4 6, Beau Parkevich 2 0-0 5, Dustin Amos 2 1-2 5, Pat Canby 3 3-3 9, Spencer White 1 0-0 2, Ben Canby 1 1-3 3.
3-point goals: Sanchez (2), Parkevich.