Fillmore Central's Andrew Coyle goes up for a shot against Kingsland.
Fillmore Central's Andrew Coyle goes up for a shot against Kingsland.

The Fillmore Central boys basketball team opened the season with a hard-fought, 71-64 overtime loss to Kingsland. Last Thursday they lost their second game of the season to Chatfield, 57-45.

In the season opener against Kingsland, Fillmore Central trailed by 17 (35-18) at halftime, then fell behind by 24 in the early going of the second half, before they rallied during the rest of the game to take a four point lead (58-54) with 38.7 seconds left in the game. Fouls and turnovers by Fillmore Central and good free throw shooting by Kingsland in those waning seconds of the game, forced play into an overtime session, where Kingsland dominated, 13-6.

"Kingsland played a good game," said first year coach Aaron Janssen. "Their shooting gave us fits. It was a hard fought game by both teams. I've never coached a team like these guys. They never rolled over, or gave up, which is a mark of success. I can't wait to see how this team matures and grows."

Leading the scoring was senior Dan Gatzke, with 21. Gatzke hit 10 of 13 shots from the field. He also had 11 rebounds for a season opener double-double. Jake Tammel had 15 points, on six for eight shooting, including three for four from three-point range. Nick Powell was also in double-figures with 14, on five of nine shooting. Andy Coyle added nine points before he fouled out of the game. Playmaking guard Logan Masters had three points and a team high eight assists.

Team scoring vs. Kingsland

Fillmore Central 18-40-6 = 64

Kingsland 35-23-13 = 71

Individual scoring vs. the Knights: Logan Masters 0-3/5-3, Jacob Tammel 6-0-15, Cody Hendrickson 0-0/1-0, Carter Rindels 1-0-2, Dan Gatzke 10-1/1-21, Nick Powell 5-3/6-14, Andrew Coyle 4-1/3-9, team 26-8/16-64. Three's, 4; Tammel (3), Powell.

Nick Powell had 20 points and Dan Gatzke added 11 in the loss to Chatfield. "Chatfield has always had 'the number' of both of these classes," said Janssen. "We turned the ball over a few too many times and Chatfield took advantage. We're learning and growing," added Janssen, "which is fun to see as a coach."

Gatzke had his second d-d of the season, adding a dozen rebounds to his 11 points. Jacob Tammel (6) and Powell(6) also had good rebounding nights. Tammel also added five points to the Falcon scoring "cause." Dan Gatzke also had three assists and three steals in the game. Point guard Logan Masters had another good floor game, three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Andy Coyle contributed four rebounds and three points. Senior Cody Hendrickson hit 2/2 at the charity line and senior Cal Larson showed his "presence" in the middle with a bucket, a rebound and a steal.

Team scoring vs. Chatfield

Fillmore Central 24-21 = 45

Chatfield 35-22 = 57

Individual scoring vs. Chatfield: Masters 0-2/2-2, Tammel 2-0-5, Hendrickson 0-2/2-2, Cal Larson 1-0/1-2, Gatzke 3-5/8-11, Powell 6-5/6-20, Coyle 1-1/2-3, team 13-15/21-45. Three's, 4; Tammel, Powell (3).

The guys have three games this week: at W-K on Tuesday and at home Thursday (Grand Meadow) and Friday (Lewiston-Altura).