The black and gold train keeps right on rolling down the tracks for the Savages. The Sigourney boys basketball team ran their winning streak to 11 straight with a 64-44 win over arch rival Keota Friday night in Sigourney. Sigourney opened the game red hot racing to an early 9-2 lead. Keota got things back within 12-8 going into the second quarter. Keota had some success finding shots within the offense but couldn’t get shots to fall most of the night. Head Coach Dan Stout spoke after the game about his team’s offensive effort.
“Unfortunately early we missed some easy ones early and just kind of pushed around the eight ball and then they got up on us 8-2 right off the bat and battled back 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, and then right at the end of the first half hurt us,” Stout said. “They executed well and hit some big shots and our offense just wasn’t quite there tonight, and I don’t know why they last few games we were scoring 65, I give credit to their defense they took away some things that we wanted to do. If we had hit those bunnies early it may have been a whole new ballgame.”
Friday night’s turning point came late in the second quarter as Sigourney ended the first half on a 9-0 run that sent the Eagles reeling into the break. Sigourney Head Coach Mitch Eslick broke down the key stretch after the game.
“At one point we were up nine and we had the ball and we were barking out to try and get one shot and we made it,” Eslick said. “We went from being happy from being ahead nine to being ahead 14 at half and that was a huge swing for us to get the momentum, and they kept it pretty tight in the third and then we rallied busted out in the fourth and stretched it out to 20 plus.”
Sigourney never let Keota get within 15 points in the second half en route to the 20 point victory. The Savages were led by Vaclov Bujnoch who posted an impressive double double with 26 points and 11 boards. After the game the man known as “V” talked about Sigourney’s conference championship chase.
“We want to win our conference title and go to state possibly, and we have a big game next week against Lynnville, and that will determine if we win the conference title or not,” Bujnoch said.
Kolton Greiner led Keota with 17 points including three, three point goals. With the win Sigourney keeps pace with Lynnville Sully in conference improving to 13-2 in league play and overall. Keota is now 13-3 overall and 12-3 in SICL play.