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MP boys cruise past Lightning

Magnani scores 26, Sartorius adds 17 as Mt. Pleasant runs away from IC Liberty
Dec 06, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krustinger Jon Ita draws contact on a layup attempt in the first half of Tuesday night's win over Iowa City Liberty.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


It took a quarter for the Mt. Pleasant boys to get going on Tuesday night, but it eventually turned into the second straight blowout win.

The Panthers dominated the middle parts of their non-conference showdown with brand new school Iowa City Liberty, and picked up their second straight win, 63-37.

It was all Brady Sartorius at the beginning of the game for Mt. Pleasant. The senior point guard scored all 11 points for the Panthers in the fist quarter. Liberty was able to pick up 11 points of their own, and the game was tied after one period.

Jordan Magnani immediately started out the second quarter with a four-point play, and it was all Mt. Pleasant from that point forward.

Magnani led the charge all quarter long, scoring 10 points in the period and leading Mt. Pleasant to a 31-14 lead at the half.

Magnani continued his hot shooting in the third quarter. The senior wing scored 13 more points to reach 23 before the fourth quarter, and Mt. Pleasant led 52-23 after three.

The Lightning outscored Mt. Pleasant 14-11 in the final period, but the damage had already been done, and the Panthers walked out with their second win of the season.

Magnani finished the day with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists to lead the team. Sartorius scored 17 points and led the squad with six assists and four steals.

Jonathan Ita scored eight points and led the team with five rebounds. Kieran Kohorst had six points on the night and also finished with three steals.

The bench was able to get extended minutes for the second straight game. Tucker Johnson, Rhett Zeglen and Maison Ashton scored two points each.

Coach Paul Rundquist says the Panther bench is showing improvements the more they see the floor.

“I think they’re continuing to get better,” Rundquist said. “The more they play, the more comfortable they are going to be out there together, and it’s starting to show.”

Mt. Pleasant moved to 2-1 with the win and will look to win their second conference game on Friday, Dec. 8, when they host Keokuk at 7:30 p.m.

This won’t be the last time Mt. Pleasant gets to play Liberty. The two schools have a game scheduled in Iowa City later on in the year.

“That’s going to be a good team,” says Rundquist. “They’re young, but they don’t play young. That will be a different team come January when we play them again.”

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