BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison boys basketball team will be looking for its first conference win of the year on Friday when they travel to Keokuk.
The Hounds (2-4) are coming off a 57-44 win Monday night on the road at Danville.
Fort Madison Head Coach Ryan Wilson said the Hounds got out to quick start, but the Bears rallied in the first quarter to take a 17-14 lead.
“Danville rallied back with us missing shots and them pushing, and our guys were not getting back in transition,” Wilson said.
“In the 2nd quarter we switched to a zone defense and that gave them troubles the rest of the night.”
A trait of the Hounds in wins is that they get balanced scoring and that held to form Monday with senior Jayden Fedler and sophomore Dayton Davis each pitching in 16 to lead Fort Madison.
Davis shot just 25% from the field going 4 of 16 and missed on all four of his 3-point attempts, but heated up at the free throw line going 8 of 12.
Fedler was a little hotter working under the basket going 7 of 19 for 37% and was 2-of 3 at the free throw line. Fedler also controlled the glass all night with 15 rebounds. Senior Parker Denning was second with eight boards.
The Hounds held a 29-27 advantage at halftime and pushed the lead to 43-39 at the end of three. Then Fort Madison’s defense stepped up and held Danville to just five points in the final period to slip away for the win.
“We played great half court defense and rebounded very well. We’re still missing a lot of shots around the rim and have to start converting those soon,” Wilson said.
He said Keokuk will press and then slip into a trapping half court defense and the Hounds will have to take care of the ball to have a shot at getting their first conference win of the year.
The Hounds are 0-2 in the Southeast Conference this year with losses to Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield already on the books. Keokuk is 2-2 on the year and 1-1 in loop action with a win over Mt. Pleasant and a loss to Burlington.
Senior guard Michael Mosena had a season high 11 points Monday, followed by Denning with eight. Miles Dear had four and Julian Navarro had a bucket to round out the scoring for Fort Madison.
Davis had six steals, six assists and five boards. He leads the conference in steals and is second in assists. Fedler and Davis are 3rd and 4th in scoring at 13.4 and 13.0 points per game respectively.
Fedler is tops in rebounding in the conference, almost doubling the next closest player. He has 48 on the year, 26 of those are offensive boards and the next closest is the Bloodhounds’ Denning, Mt. Pleasant’s Brody Bender and Brock Sobaski of Washington, all with 25 total rebounds.