Senior Hayden Stauffer was held in-check by Mendon for three quarters Monday night, before catching fire over the final eight minutes to propel the Centreville boys basketball team to a 49-37 victory over Mendon in a Class C district contest.
With his team clinging to a slim, 36-30 lead, Stauffer scored eight of his game-high 16 points during the final quarter, including a 4-for-5 effort from the free throw line.
The win advances the Bulldogs to Wednesday’s district semifinal round at Homer, where they will face either Union City or Quincy.
“Great team win to move on to the district semifinals,” Centreville coach Mike Hunter said. “We’re doing things right to get us in position to take good shots to stay competitive. Our defense was much better tonight and we were able to force a few turnovers that worked to our advantage. Excited for the team and for our fans who made tonight an awesome win.”
Senior Nick Weber knocked down a pair of 3-point shots and chipped in with 10 points for Centreville, while freshman Sam Todd added nine points. The Bulldogs also got eight points from senior Ross Hunter, four points from McClain Lemings and two points from senior Trenton Kingdig. Stauffer led the team with eight rebounds, and Todd had six assists and three steals.
Hunter Lovell led Mendon with 15 points, to go along with five rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Keaton Crotser chipped in with eight points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and a blocked shot.
Cole Decker scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and dished out two assists. Mendon also got four points, apiece, from Chris Holder and Tommy Yueng. Holder grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Yueng collected three caroms, a steal and blocked two shots.
Lukas Crotser finished with one point, three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
Mendon 4 17 9 7 — 37
Centreville 14 14 8 13 — 49
Video by Coletin Gascho