The Cougar boys' basketball squad had a short postponement last week, but made it up before the next scheduled game. M-C then took part in a doubleheader the following night.

M-C vs. Fillmore Central

Originally scheduled for Monday, the Cougar-Falcon match was made up three days later. Fillmore Central won the contest, 50-34.

The first half was tight, with the Cougars taking a 22-19 edge into the locker room.

The second period belonged to the Falcons. "The guys were able to come out in the second half and really take charge of the game," Fillmore Central coach Aaron Janssen later told KFIL radio.

Both clubs took a half-dozen shots from beyond the arc, with M-C hitting 3 while FC scored on only one. Conventional field goals made the difference. The Falcons hit 18 of 30, while MC shooters only scored on 11 of 31 tries. Credit goes to FC defenders in denying open looks. The Falcons also scored on 11 of 16 free throw attempts. M-C only got 6 tries, hitting 3.

As they have through most of the season, FC players did well on the boards, out-rebounding the Cougars 24-12. Ball handling (turnovers) were much more evenly contested. M-C had 16 giveaways while FC had 15.

Hunter Johnson led the Cougars with 9 points, 5 steals. Keyser Wenthold contributed 7, as did Justin Ward. Mac Nelson and Logan Henry had 4 points each, Noah Manning scored 2. Nelson led the team in rebounds, with 4.

Nick Powell led the Falcons with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Dan Gatzke added 14.

M-C vs. Grand Meadow

The Cougars hosted the Western Division Superlarks on Friday, Feb. 1, coming up short by a 70-52 margin.

Grand Meadow managed to lead in shooting percentages from all ranges, from treys to free-throws. Ball handling stats were about the same, with 17 turnovers by the Cougars and 16 for the 'Larks. The battle of the boards favored the visitors, who out-rebounded M-C 36-28.

Shooting fouls went against the Cougars, who sent their guests to the foul line with far more frequency (34 chances to 12). GM took advantage by outscoring M-C 17-4 from the line.

Ward led with 17 points. He also passed for a team-high 6 assists with only 4 turnovers, and added 3 rebounds to team totals. Manning had 13 points and 7 rebounds, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. He also had 2 steals and 5 assists. Johnson netted 8 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. Lind and Nelson had 5 points each. Backboard totals included 7 for Nelson and 2 for Lind, who led the Cougars in blocked shots with 2.

For the Superlarks, senior Forward Bryce Benson led all scorers with 19 points. Junior Trenton Bleifus chipped in 16, while senior Andrew Riedemann (12) and sophomore Landon Jacobson (10) were also in double figures.

Up next

Mabel-Canton hosted Rushford-Peterson on Monday Feb. 4, losing 71-44. Look for details in next week's News-Record. The Cougars travel to Spring Grove the following night. M-C hosts L-P on Friday, Feb 8. On Tuesday Feb. 12, the boys play Hope Lutheran at St. Mary's University.

Southeast Conference 2013

BOYS Basketball conf. season

EAST DIVISION W L W L

Spring Grove * 13 - 0 15 - 4

Lanesboro 12 -1 13 - 4

Mabel-Canton 4 - 9 4 -15

Hope Lutheran 4 -10 7 -12

Houston 1 -11 1 -18

* defending division champion

WEST DIVISION

Grand Meadow 10 - 4 11 - 8

Schaeffer Acad 8 - 5 11 - 8

Lyle/Pacelli 8 - 5 10 - 9

G-E* 3 - 9 4 -14

LeRoy-Ostrander 2 -11 3 -16