Nick Mensink searches for an opening to the basket as a St. Charles defender blocks him from a shot last Friday.  LISA MILLER/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Nick Mensink searches for an opening to the basket as a St. Charles defender blocks him from a shot last Friday. LISA MILLER/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Fillmore Central didn't play particularly well last week, but the boys were able to come away with one basketball win in three games.

The win was at non-conference foe Grand Meadow Tuesday by a score of 63-57. The Falcons' biggest lead in the game was at halftime when they had a 32-24 lead. The Superlarks took a lead about a third of the way through the second half and tied it later in the game before the Falcons took back the lead and held it through the last five minutes.

"We survived to get a win in Grand Meadow," said coach Aaron Mensink. "It was an ugly game by us. We didn't play well, but were able to get a win."

Nick Mensink led the team in scoring with 19 points as he made seven of 10 shots from the field and five of six free throws. Quentin Case also shot well, making five of nine from the field and six of eight from the line for 16 points.

Nick Powell scored 14 points, Collin Bennett nine, Jordan Miller three and Logan Masters two.

Case led the team in rebounds with eight. Mensink added five while Carter Rindels and Powell each had five.

Masters and Case led the team in assists with six each. Masters had a team-high three steals.

The Falcons made half their two-point shots, but were just two for 14 from behind the three-point arc. They converted 11 of 17 free throws.


Thursday at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, the Falcons had a "rough game start to finish," said Mensink. The 98-36 loss was "our worst overall performance on the season."

The Falcons had 29 turnovers in the game against undefeated PEM.

Powell led the team in scoring with 12 points, followed by Mensink and Masters with six each, Bennett with five, Case and Rindels with two each, and Gatlin Woellert, Ascher Ostrom and Zach Sorenson with one each.

Ostrom led the team in rebounding with four. Powell and Miller added three each. The team had 17 rebounds, 14 of them defensive. Masters had four assists and two steals to lead the team.

PEM, which shot 53 percent from the field and 64 percent from the line, was led by Nick Shanks with 24 points.

St. Charles

The Falcons ended the week with another close game, this time a 73-69 loss at St. Charles, which is 8-2 overall.

"We battled a tough team really hard," said Mensink. "We played with them the entire game and had our chances to come away with a big win."

The Saints led 51-48 at the half and the score was even tighter during the first two-thirds of the second half.

Missed free throws hurt the Falcons, added Mensink. The team had plenty of chances at the line - 32 - converting 18 of them.

Powell led the team in scoring, ending up with 27 points. He was perfect in three-point shooting on two attempts and made nine of 12 free throws.

Masters added 14 points and was also accurate from the free throw line, making six of eight. Bennett and Case each scored eight points, Mensink seven, Miller three and Rindels two.

Powell had a double double as he pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the team. Bennett had eight and Case seven. Masters had six assists.

Coming up

The Falcons are 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the Three Rivers Conference. They are idle during the holidays until Jan. 2 when they travel to Dover-Eyota.