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Mt. Pleasant boys stay unbeaten in SEC

Jan 15, 2018

By Justin Webster, Golden Triangle News Service

 

FAIRFIELD — The fourth-ranked Mt. Pleasant boys had a bit of a sweat on Friday in Fairfield but the Panthers were able to stay unblemished in conference play, topping the Trojans 59-46.

Senior Dante Cingire started the scoring and the Trojans didn’t relinquish that lead for more than half of the first quarter. The Panthers’ 6’0 senior Brady Sartorius hit back-to-back three’s to give Mt. Pleasant a 10-5 lead and force Fairfield Head Coach Mick Flattery to call a timeout with 2:54 in the opening period. Another 6’0 senior guard for the Panthers, Colin Mulford, hit another three to stretch the Panther run to 10-0 before Fairfield junior Collin Breen hit a running jumper with 10 seconds left in the period to stop the bleeding and end the first quarter trailing 14-7.

Some more back and forth started the second period before Trojan junior Austin Simpson made a steal and basket, followed by a Cingire long ball to cut the deficit to 19-14. Fairfield continued to push the fourth ranked team in 3A and forced a timeout by Panther Head Coach Paul Rundquist with 2:20 in the half and the Trojans down 21-19. There was much more excitement than scoring in the final two minutes of the first half with Breen receiving an offensive foul call instead of what the Trojan crowd thought to be an and-one opportunity to take the lead and Cingire blocked a Panthers three point attempt from the corner at the buzzer to leave the score in favor of Mt. Pleasant 23-19 at the half.

The third period went mostly Mt. Pleasants’ way with the Panthers outscoring the Trojans 20-14 during the eight minute span. The senior Cingire hit a three followed by a couple Simpson buckets to cut it as close as 38-33, but another Panther senior, 6’2 Jonathan Ita hit a fall-down three to extend the lead back to eight and stop any chance of a one-possession game going into the fourth quarter.

Trojan junior Carson Crile started the scoring in the fourth, but Mt. Pleasant quickly responded before Ita hit another three to give the Panthers a double-digit lead at 48-37 as Flattery was forced to call a timeout with 6:06 left in the game. The two teams exchanged layups and foul shots the rest of the way before the final buzzer sounded with the final tally 59-44 in favor of the visiting Panthers.

About the atmosphere, Coach Flattery said, “Thank you to our community, staff and student body for coming out to cheer the Trojans on and being a part of ‘The Organ Donor Awareness’ games. Our guys really fed off the great crowd.” He continued, “[Meredith] did a great job in hosting this important event, and having the student/athletes read facts and Frosty VanVoorst speak and tell his story was very powerful, I really encourage people to think about becoming a donor.”

Coach Flattery also had praise for a big accomplishment for one of the Panthers all-time greats who hit a milestone in the FHS gym Friday night.

“We knew coming in that we would have to keep answering Mt Pleasant’s attack. It’s obvious how good Brady Sartorius is. Congrats to him for becoming the all-time second leading scorer. Brady would be in the top five guards I’ve coached against. He’s relentless with his variety of ways to score.”

The Trojans did shoot free throws well, 13-17, but the Panthers were too much with Santorius dropping 26 and Ita hitting 3-5 from behind the arc on his way to 15 points and six rebounds.

Jordan Magnani finished the game with five points and six rebounds. Kieran Kohorst and Tucker Johnson had four points each. Colin Mulford finished with three points and five assists, and Rhett Zeglen scored two points.

The Panthers made it two wins in two days with a 65-48 win over Mt. Vernon on Saturday. Sartorius led the way with 24 points, Magnani had 16 and Zeglen scored 10. Mulford finished with seven points in the win over Mt. Vernon. Ita had six and Johnson had two.

The Panthers will be back at home on Tuesday, Jan. 16, when they host 4A foe Cedar Rapids Washington.

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