The Pleasantville High varsity boys’ basketball team opened its 2019-20 campaign at home against the Melcher-Dallas Saints Tuesday night. The Trojans utilized their size and speed advantages to dominate the game and win 73-24.
The Trojans led 14-5 after the first quarter, with some strong outside shooting. Melcher-Dallas was only able to sink two shots in the same frame.
Pleasantville continued to control the pace of the game, with strong outside shooting from Brady Powers and near perfection under the basket from 6’6″ Teron Mount. The tallest Saints are each 6’0″. The Trojans were up 38-10 at the half.
Melcher-Dallas tried to get momentum going, but each time, calls were made that put a stop to it. Mason Scheve kept showing his prowess for the three. In total, he scored 15 for the Trojans, all field goals. Meanwhile, the Trojan defense kept the Saints down. The lead was 59-12 Pleasantville after the third.
The fourth quarter saw mostly substitutions on the floor for both teams as the clock ran continuously. Trojans win 73-24.
“I thought our guys were mentally and physically engaged the whole game,” Pleasantville Head Coach Joel Allman said. “I liked how we were moving and sharing the ball. Defensively, we did a good job of getting them to take shots from 10 feet and out.”
Emery Sage, Joe Branson and Ryan Krpan each scored four for the Saints. Chase Ripperger hit a three late in the game. Owen Suntken, Steven Krpan, Gabe Enfield and Jacob Russell each scored two and Noah Graves scored one. The Saints host Ankeny Christian Friday, Dec. 6.
For the Trojans, Mount and Powers each had 16, Scheve 15, Tagen Douma and Mitch Harken each with six, Colby Sandholdt and Brady Wiseman each with four, Caylor Clark and Brady Friday each with three. The Trojans host Panorama Monday, Dec. 9.