Sturgeon plays for the district championship Saturday
Another night, another win. The Sturgeon Bulldogs boys basketball team took another step toward a district championship the night of February 27 when the beat the Community R-VI
Trojans 64-31 in the district semi-finals at Sturgeon High School.
“That first quarter killed us,” said R-VI Coach Matt Thomas. “Twelve to two, we just couldn’t climb out from under that.”
Thomas said the Trojans’ game plan involved controlling the game’s tempo, as well as getting in the way of Sturgeon’s power-trio: Jacob Brooks, Jake Snider and Logan Flaspohler.
“Our game-plan was to slow them, control the pace, control the tempo,” Thomas said. “We did that at times in the second and third quarters.”
The second quarter finished with Community out-scoring Sturgeon, 16 to 12, but it was not enough to overcome their first-quarter deficit and Sturgeon went in the locker room still on top, 24-18.
“We came out, and triangles and two on Brooks, and held him early on,” Thomas said. “But he got away a little and the others got through.”
The third ended with Community narrowing the lead to 10, but Sturgeon kept on shooting and finished the third, ahead 38-28.
The Bulldogs hit the gas in the fourth and finished the game, and Community’s season, 64-31.
“Tonight the boys played the way I’ve wanted them to play all season,” Sturgeon Head Coach Michael Smith said. “Mikel Sturgeon was playing the way I knew he could all season. Tonight he was on. Blake Darwent gave us some great minutes too.”
Brooks led the Bulldogs with 20 points, followed by Snider with 15 and Sturgeon with 10.
Danny Kuda led Community with 20.
Sturgeon plays Cairo for the District championship, 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29. The two teams are 1-1 against each other this season.