No. 4 Mt. Pleasant boys crush Ft. Madison and Burlington
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
BURLINGTON — It was business as usual for the fourth-ranked Mt. Pleasant boys this weekend.
The Panthers cruised through two games in two days, defeating Ft. Madison, 78-41, on Friday and Burlington, 83-44 on Saturday.
Mt. Pleasant outscored or tied their opponent in all but one quarter during the stretch and hit 21 three-pointers over the two wins.
In Friday’s SEC showdown with the Bloodhounds, the Panthers led things out with a high-scoring first half.
Mt. Pleasant outscored Ft. Madison, 23-14 in the first quarter and 20-8 in the second quarter to take a 43-22 lead at halftime.
Mt. Pleasant continued to roll in the third quarter and stretched their lead to a 69-32 advantage. They split the fourth quarter, nine points apiece, and walked out with a 37-point win.
Brady Sartorius and Jordan Magnani each eclipsed 20 points in the win. Sartorius finished the game with 26 points, including four three-pointers, and Magnani hit five threes en route to 22 points. Magnani also led the team with six assists and three steals.
Tom O’Connor was the third Panther in double digits. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Kieran Kohorst had six points and eight rebounds. Jonathan Ita scored six of his own. Brody McGhghy had three. Colin Mulford and Rhett Zeglen scored two apiece and Tucker Johnson had one.
The Panthers continued their high-scoring assault on Saturday in Burlington, winning the first quarter, 21-7, and the second quarter, 21-12, to take a 42-19 lead at halftime.
The Panthers stretched their advantage to 68-28 going into the fourth quarter. Burlington outscored Mt. Pleasant by one point in the fourth quarter and Mt. Pleasant came away with a 39-point win.
Sartorius and Magnani led the team once again. Sartorius finished with 29 points, five assists and five steals. Magnani finished with 16 points, six assists and four steals. The two continued to hit from down town, with Magnani knocking down four threes and Sartorius sinking three.
O’Connor finished the game with 11 points and eight rebounds. McGhghy had seven. Mulford scored six. Ita had five. Zeglen finished with four. Johnson had three and Payton Kelly scored two.
The junior varsity and freshman teams also picked up wins. The freshman team came back from a four-point halftime deficit to win, 58-37, over Ft. Madison behind 15 from Jax Hoyle and 10 from Brody Bender and Konnor Peterson. The JV team beat the Bloodhounds, 72-36, with Kelly scoring 20 to lead the way.
The varsity Panthers also found out their substate pod for this year’s postseason. To get to Des Moines, Mt. Pleasant will need to get out of an eight-team substate that includes Fairfield, Ft. Madison, Keokuk, Washington, Chariton, Knoxville and Oskaloosa.
Mt. Pleasant went to 15-2 in varsity games and also stayed undefeated in the SEC, at 7-0. The Panthers will be at Centerville on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:15 p.m.