Falcons go 2-1 for three games in four days
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 5:52 AM
Friday night the Fillmore Central guys got an 80-70 win over Southland, Saturday they won a squeaker over Mabel-Canton, 57-56, and Monday night, they had an ugly loss to Caledonia, 94-46.
Senior Nick Powell takes to the air as he puts up a shot during the Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton game last Saturday evening in Preston. Also shown are Fillmore Central’s Nick Mensink and Quentin Case and Mabel-Canton’s Justin Ward and Keyser Wenthold. JILL MILLER/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
In the win over the Rebels, senior Nick Powell turned in a double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Kiel Larson hit five of six shots from the field and two of three from the line for 15 points, his best output of the season. Junior Nick Mensink hit six of nine from the charity stripe to add a dozen points and senior Logan Masters added 10 points and six assists to the winning effort for the Falcons.
"A nice win," said coach Aaron Mensink. "We were able to execute our half-court offense against their zone."
The Falcons trailed by as many as 12 against the Cougars, but rallied to win by one. Quentin Case had a double - nine points and nine rebounds.
"A wild one, indeed!" said Mensink. "Logan Masters drove the lane and converted a layup with about 14 seconds left, giving us a 57-56 lead."
That was the final score as Mabel-Canton missed a shot and a put-back at the buzzer, preserving the one point win for the Falcons.
"We didn't play very well, but were able to do what it took to win. We are learning how to win the close games, something this team needs come February-March. M-C had us well scouted and they played very well," added Mensink.
Masters topped the scoring against Mabel-Canton, hitting eight of 11 from the field and all four shots from the line for a total of 20 points. Powell added 16 points, hitting seven of nine from the field. Adding to the scoring were Larson (2), Case (9), Carter Rindels (1), Mensink (7) and Ascher Ostrom (2). Powell (9) and Case (6) were tops in rebounds, Masters (5) led in assists, and "Q" led in steals with four.
Following the loss to Caledonia, Mensink said, "Slow start with far too many turnovers to overcome. Shot only 30 percent for the game and they poured it on in the second half when the game was out of reach."
Powell shot well, six-for-seven from the field and three-for-five from the line, but was the only Falcon in double-figures with 17. Next in line was Mensink with six. Case added five and Masters had four. Six other Falcon players scored two or three points. Case and Powell topped the rebound charts with six and five, respectively. Masters led the team in assists (4) and steals (3).
Tuesday night the Falcons were scheduled to travel to Chatfield and Friday night they head out to Spring Valley to take on the Knights. Next Tuesday, Jan. 28, they host Chatfield.