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Panther boys trample Trojans

Dec 04, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Brady Sartorius lets go of a three-pointer during the first quarter over an outstretched Dante Cingire.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The Mt. Pleasant boys were able to flex their muscle on Friday night with a dominant win over Southeast Conference rival Fairfield.

The Panthers used pressure defense and an offensive explosion to take down the Trojans 73-44 in the conference opener.

The Trojans hung in early against a heavily-favored Panther team. Fairfield used their size advantage down low to get a handful of inside points, but the Panthers got red hot late in the period, especially Brady Sartorius.

Sartorius drained four threes in the first quarter. Colin Mulford and Jordan Magnani each added a long ball of their own, and a 9-9 tie turned into a 21-9 before the halftime buzzer sounded.

Fairfield’s big man Austin Simpson went down with an ankle injury in the first quarter, making it a little more difficult for the Trojans to keep up with Mt. Pleasant offensively. The Trojans did, however, win the second quarter thanks to a nine-point outing from Carson Crile.

Mt. Pleasant got four more points out of Sartorius in the second quarter to give him 16 by halftime, but the game wasn’t quite out of hand yet. The Panthers held a 38-27 advantage at the half.

The third quarter was all Panthers, however. Sartorius scored nine points in the period, Magnani scored eight and the Trojans were held to just six as a team as Mt. Pleasant stretched their lead to 59-33 at the end of three quarters.

The Trojans were never able to come back from the big deficit, and Mt. Pleasant picked up their first win of the season.

“We found gaps and the kids did a nice job of knocking the shots down,” Mt. Pleasant head coach Paul Rundquist said after the game. “That’s why you run an offense, to try and find those advantages, and the kids did a nice job of doing it.”

Rundquist commended the Panther bench, which had to play extended minutes due to foul trouble early on, and also talked about the challenge of stopping the Trojans inside the paint.

“It’s difficult to meet their physicality,” Rundquist said. “They’re a strong team (and) a nice high school basketball team. We’ve just got to watch film and get after it next time we play them.”

Sartorius finished with 30 points to lead all scorers. Magnani had 14. Jonathan Ita scored seven, and Mulford finished with six.

Rhett Zeglen scored four points in the win. Tucker Johnson and Keegan Kohorst had three points apiece, and the trio of Kieran Kohorst, Maison Ashton and Sam Beatty had two each.

Crile finished with 18 points to lead the Trojans. He also pulled down 14 rebounds to end the game with a double-double.

Collin Breen and Tristin Waugh scored six points each in the loss. Dante Cingire had four points and three steals. Cole Engle had three points and four assists. Brittan Bowman had three points of his own. Drew Martin scored two points, and both Simpson and Aaron Haines had one.

Mt. Pleasant moved to 1-1 to start the season. Fairfield fell to 0-2 with the loss.

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