Poor second halves hurt
Fillmore Central boys
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 5:31 AM
Fillmore Central dropped two boys basketball games last week, one on the road in which the Falcons lost a big lead at the end and another at home, the first time since Dec. 10, that it lost to a non-conference foe.
Falcon Nick Powell tries to block a shot during Fillmore Central’s visit to Dover-Eyota last Thursday evening. The Falcons fell to the Eagles in a hard-fought game, 51-55. JILL MILLER/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
The Falcons fell 55-51 at Dover-Eyota Thursday. The Falcons led 25-18 at the half and extended the lead to 13 points early in the second half. However, D-E cut it to eight points, 47-39, with 5:15 left in the game and then went on a 16-4 run to end the game.
"We beat ourselves. During their run, we had way too many turnovers and didn't score a field goal until just before the buzzer," said coach Aaron Mensink. "We also shot only 36 percent from the free throw line that did us in."
Nick Powell led the team in scoring with 16 points as he made seven of 14 from the field. He also pulled down 18 rebounds to lead the Falcons.
Collin Bennett hit five of eight from the field and hit both his free throws to score 13 points. He had the second most rebounds with seven.
Quentin Case added eight points, five rebounds and tied for the team high in assists with three. Carter Rindels also had three assists to go along with five points. Nick Mensink also had five points and added three rebounds. Logan Masters had two steals, two points and two assists. Jordan Miller added two points and three rebounds.
Brandon Jech led Dover-Eyota with 20 points.
In the first home game since Dec. 10, the Falcons again had a poor second half as they fell to Spring Grove Friday 79-55.
Fillmore Central was down 43-36 at the half, but the Lions outscored the Falcons 36-19 in the second half as "the offense lacked movement and we couldn't score in the second half like normal," said Mensink.
Powell led the team in scoring with 24 points and had another double double with a team-high 14 rebounds. Case added 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Falcons.
Bennett scored nine points and had three rebounds. Mensink scored six points and pulled down five rebounds. The only other Falcons to score were Rindels with three points and Masters with two points. Masters led the team in assists with five and steals with four.
Chase Grinde led the Lions with 27 points. The team shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, putting in seven three-pointers.
Fillmore Central falls to 4-6 overall while Spring Grove goes to 11-2 with its only losses to the top two teams in the Three Rivers Conference - Rushford-Peterson and Caledonia.
The Falcons were scheduled for three games at home this week, starting with Monday's game against Mabel-Canton, which was postponed due to the statewide closing of schools in Minnesota. Tuesday's game was scheduled against 2-10 Lewiston-Altura and Friday's against Winona Cotter. Next week, they are on the road at Wabasha-Kellogg Tuesday and at home against Southland on Thursday.