Falcons come back in one game,
but boys can't do it twice last week
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:39 AM
Fillmore Central came back to win one game against Lewiston-Altura last week, but couldn't do the same against Winona Cotter as the Falcons split their two games and the third was postponed due to the cold.
Quentin Case puts up a shot during the Cotter game last Friday night. LISA MILLER/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPERS
Thursday at home, the Falcons got off to a sluggish start and were down 31-20 at the half. The "defensive intensity got turned up in the second half and we limited our turnovers," said coach Aaron Mensink, as the Falcons outscored the Cardinals 46-29 in the second half to take a 66-60 victory.
Nick Powell led the Falcons with 27 points. Kiel Larson had a deadly shot as he made two of three three-pointers as well as his only two-point shot and both free throws to score 10 points. Logan Masters was also quite accurate, scoring both his shots from the field and three of four free throws for seven points.
Also scoring were Jordan Miller and Quentin Case with six points each, Collin Bennett and Nick Mensink with four points each and Ascher Ostrom with two points.
Case led the team in rebounds with 10 while Masters dished out eight assists and Miller led the team with four steals.
The Falcons shot 53 percent from the field and 64 percent from the line. Lewiston shot 45 percent from the field and made just four of 14 free throws. Cullin Neeck led the Cardinals with 27 points.
Friday against Winona Cotter at home, the Falcons were down 41-32 at the half and fell 72-59 as they couldn't overcome the nine-point deficit this time.
Free throws were a big factor in this game as Cotter had 35 attempts at the line, making 25 of them. The Falcons had 25 fouls, more than twice as many as Cotter.
Powell had another big night, scoring 29 points for the Falcons as he made 10 of 19 from the field and all six free throws. He had a double double with 13 rebounds to lead the Falcons on the boards as well.
Larson and Case each scored eight points, Mensink six, and Masters, Bennett, Carter Rindels and Ostrom each had two points.
Ostrom contributed five rebounds. Masters led the team in assists with 10. Case had a couple steals and Powell two blocks.
The Falcons shot just 40 percent from the field, but made eight of 12 free throws. Cotter shot 50 percent from the field and 71 percent from the line. Caleb Forst had 21 points and Josh Forst 20 points to lead Cotter.
The third game originally on the schedule last week, against 5-7 Mabel-Canton at home, was postponed due to the cold weather that shut down school and will be played Saturday at home. That will be the third game on the schedule this week for the 5-7 Falcons as they were to face 5-9 Wabasha-Kellogg on the road Tuesday and 2-11 Southland at home on Thursday.
Monday, Jan. 20, they travel to 11-1 Caledonia and Tuesday they are at 7-3 Chatfield. The road trip continues Friday at 4-10 Kingsland.