Falcon boys out at 7-21; beat GM, lose to R-P
Thursday, March 07, 2013 9:04 AM
The Fillmore Central boys basketball team put up a great effort, but fell short in its quest for an upset, losing to Rushford-Peterson in the sub-section semi-finals, 65-47. In the first round of the tournament, FC got a win over Grand Meadow, 71-50.
In the loss to the Trojans, Fillmore Central got off to a good start, leading 13-6, but then gave up 11 straight points to R-P and fell behind 17-13. The Falcons had a brief lead at 21-20 (37 seconds), but when the halftime buzzer sounded, trailed by four at 27-23.
Midway through the second half, Fillmore Central was down just six (45-39), but Rushford-Peterson turned on the after-burners and cruised to an 18-1 run, and a 63-40 lead. The Falcons won the last three minutes, 45 seconds, 7-2, but proved to be too little-too late.
Leading the scoring for Fillmore Central were senior Dan Gatzke (19) and junior Nick Powell (14). Senior Cal Larson came off the bench and gave the team five points, including three of three at the charity line. Senior Andrew Coyle had four points off the bench. Also scoring were Logan Masters (2), Quentin Case (2) and Brandon Breitsprecher (1).
With the loss to Rushford-Peterson, Fillmore Central ends the season at 7-21. The guys were 3-17 in the Three Rivers Conference, 6-20 during the regular season.
In the quarterfinal win over Grand Meadow, the Falcons had four players in double-figures: Logan Masters (13), Jake Tammel (14), Dan Gatzke (17) and Nick Powell (17). Gatzke and Powell turned in double-doubles against the SuperLarks, pulling down 12 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Tammel had four three-pointers in the win.
Also scoring for the Falcons were Quentin Case, seven, and Andrew Coyle with three.
Fillmore Central had a four point lead, 27-23, at the intermission, and connected on 23 of 34 from the free throw line, one of their better games of the season.