MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant boys basketball team had a double-digit lead before Oskaloosa could even get off the bus on Tuesday night. The Panthers used a big run early to coast to a 57-43 nonconference victory.
Mt. Pleasant scored the first 14 points of the ballgame, pressuring Oskaloosa into turnover after turnover. The Indians finally broke the streak with a layup, but the Panthers would lead 20-3 after the first quarter, helped out by an early seven from Dewon Trent.
“We really came out with the right mindset,” said Panther head coach Eric Rawson. “I thought we set the tone defensively for sure, and executed what we needed to do offensively.”
The Panthers cruised into the second quarter with an 18-point lead. Seven different Mt. Pleasant players scored over the first two quarters, and it was 33-15 at the half.
After an even third quarter, Oskaloosa made a little run in the fourth, but the Indians never got within single digits after the initial run. Sam Jerrell led the Panthers in the second quarter, with seven points.
Chase Williamson led the team with 12 points in the win. Jerrell scored 11, and Brevin Wilson finished with 10 to give the Panthers three double digit scorers.
Dewon Trent scored nine points. Jack Johnson and Owen Vansickel ended the night with five each. Dylon Hagans and Payton Hagans added two points apiece.
The victory moved the Mt. Pleasant boys to 7-6 overall. They will take a 3-3 Southeast Conference record into Washington (8-3, 5-1) on Friday night for a game they need to win to stay in the conference title conversation.
“We’ve just got to come out with the same intensity,” said Jerrell. “We’ve just got to come out ready to play hard.