BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Bloodhound boys avenged a season-opening loss to Mt. Pleasant with a 53-46 win over the Panthers Friday night in Southeast Conference basketball.
It was the first win for Fort Madison over the Mt. Pleasant since Dec 21, 2018.
The win takes the Hounds to 5-4 on the year and 3-2 in the Southeast Conference with the previous loss to the Panthers and a 3-point loss to Washington.
Fort Madison trailed 5-0 out of the gate, but turned things around on am 11-2 run holding the Panthers to just seven points in the quarter. One of the Hounds team goals each year is to hold opponents to single-digit scoring in each quarter – a goal that would prove dividends in the final quarter.
The Hounds would stretch the lead to 9 at 20-11 with three minutes to go in the half, but Mt. Pleasant would go on a 10-5 run the during the final three minutes behind the Panther’s Dewon Trent’s 14 first half points.
Miles Dear had 10 of his 15 on the night in the first half for Fort Madison, as the Bloodhounds held a 25-21 lead at the end of the half.
The Panther’s would make a game of it in the third taking a 36-33 lead with three minutes to go in the period. Mt. Pleasant would convert a free throw before the end of the period, but Fort Madison would answer to make it a 1 point game 37-36 Mt. Pleasant heading into the final period.
The Hounds would again hit the mark holding Mt. Pleasant to just nine points in the final eight minutes, while put up 17 in the final quarter to secure the win.
Dayton Davis led Fort Madison with 18 points, nine in each half. Reiburn Turnbull had eight on the night, while Tate Johnson scored five, Landes Williams had four and Matt Hopper connected on a 3-pointer to round out the Hounds scoring.
Trent had a game-high 21 points for the Panthers. Sam Terrell had nine points, all on 3-pointers in the second half for Mt. Pleasant (2-3, 5-5).
Fort Madison hosts Central Lee tonight in a boys/girls jv/varsity 4-game set with varsity action set to start at approximately 5 p.m.