DAVENPORT — Mt. Pleasant gave No. 3 Davenport Assumption all they could handle on Thursday night’s Class 3A Substate 5 semifinal, even leading after three periods, but the Knights prevailed 64-54 to knock Mt. Pleasant out of the tournament.
Assumption struck first, taking an early lead on a dunk by leading scorer Sean Peeters. The Knights had the majority of the punches early, but Mt. Pleasant scrapped back in the final minutes of the first period, and a couple of late 3-pointers by Brody Bender tied the game at 12-12 after one period.
Assumption scored the first seven points of the second quarter, but Mt. Pleasant responded by ending the period on a 14-5 run, capped off by a put-back layup from Brevin Wilson at the halftime buzzer, which allowed the Panthers to take momentum, and a 26-24 lead, into the locker rooms.
Assumption came back and grabbed a short-lived three-point lead in the middle of the third quarter, but Clayton Lowery stepped into a 3-pointer to tie it up. Mt. Pleasant won the rest of the quarter and it was 40-39.
Mt. Pleasant led by three points in the fourth after a 3-point dagger from Jaxon Hoyle, but an Assumption team that had struggled from the outside all game knocked down two big 3-pointers to regain the lead, and the never gave it back.
“I’m always proud of them,” Mt. Pleasant head coach Caleb Akey said. “We’re undermanned, usually, our size doesn’t match up well with other teams, but somehow they come out and fight. They’re a resilient group, and even tonight, we came out, got down seven a couple times. To fight back and have a lead at halftime, and continue that on and have a lead going into the fourth, that was great.”
Bender led the Panthers with 14 points. Wilson had 13 to give Mt. Pleasant two double-digit scorers.
Keegan Kohorst put up nine points in the loss. Clayton Lowery had eight. Hoyle finished with six and Jack Johnson scored four.
Peters ended the night with 25 points to lead Assumption. He and the Knights will face Clear Creek-Amana in Monday’s substate final.
Mt. Pleasant ended the season with a 12-11 record.