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Sturgeon climbs up the bracket

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:38 pm

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

Jacob Brooks scoring two of his 20 points.

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.

Jake Snider under-handing two.

“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.

Mikel Sturgeon breaking away for two.

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.