FC boys seeded fourth; bad news/good news
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:17 AM
The bad news: The losing streak for the Fillmore Central boys has reached six. The good news: In spite of their regular season ending slump, and a 6-20 record, the coaches of 1A-East have seen fit to give them a No. 4 seed, allowing them to host a first round game in the sub-section tournament this Thursday night.
The Falcons will entertain Grand Meadow Thursday night, a team they beat, 69-54, the fourth game of the season. Grand Meadow sports a 16-9 record, overall, and a 16-7 record against Section 1A opponents. Fillmore Central is 3-4 against Section opponents. Time will tell as to whether the coaches were right, or the record is right!
Fillmore Central had three Three Rivers Conference games last week. Monday they lost to a pretty good Lewiston-Altura (16-10) team, 47-42. Tuesday their opponent was league-leading Plainview-Elgin-Millville (18-8). The Falcons lost to PEM, 68-51, but played the Bulldogs tough for much of the game. Last Friday they lost to an "up and down" St. Charles (14-12) team, 57-51.
In the loss to the Cardinals, Dan Gatzke had a double-double, 16 points and 13 rebounds. Quentin Case added six points and eight rebounds. Nick Powell had seven points and Logan Masters dished out four assists. "We spotted the Cardinals too many fast break points, but were able to 'claw' back from a 14 point deficit in the second half," said coach Aaron Janssen. The Falcons were one for seven at the free throw line.
Nick Powell had 15 and Jacob Tammel had 13 in the 17-point loss to Plainview-Elgin-Millville. In the balanced scoring attack, Dan Gatzke and Andrew Coyle each had nine. The Falcons offensive attack was really hampered by 34 turnovers against the Bulldogs. Gatzke also had 11 rebounds and three blocks. Tammel was three for four from three-point range. The team rebounded with a nine for 11 efforts at the charity line.
Powell (17) and Gatzke (11) were the scoring leaders against the Saints. Tammel and Q Case, added eight and six, respectively. The field goal shooting was good for FC, hitting 22 of 45 (48.9 percent), but the free throw shooting was on the fritz again, three for eight. From the field Nick hit seven of 13, Gatzke was five for 10, Q hit three of four, Jacob was three for six and Cal Larson was one for two, all equaling, or bettering, 50 percent.
Logan Masters had four assists and five steals in the regular season finale.
B squad results
Southland, won 34-27..."excellent first half defense", said coach Aaron Mensink. Held them to six points. Kiel Larson had four three-pointers and 16 points.
Rushford-Peterson, lost 48-34...Bryce Whitehill and Nick Mensink each had a dozen.
Caledonia, lost 42-38 in OT...Larson had 8, Whitehille 7 and Zach Sorenson 6. The 'bombers' lost to Caledonia earlier in the season by 25.
Lewiston-Altura, won 58-42, completing the season sweep...Jordan Miller and Kiel Larson each had 14, Bryce Whitehill added 12.
Plainview-Elgin-Millville, lost 57-34...played shorthanded, due to injury and illness. "Ran out of gas the second half," said Mensink. Marshall Rolfs, ninth grader got the start and 8 points, Gatlin Woellert contributed six points and Kiel Larson had 11.