Cougar Adam Fravel watches as Falcon Andy Todd makes a break for the basket during the Mabel-Canton and Fillmore Central tournament game last Thursday evening. The Falcons advanced to the next game, which was held on Tuesday night.
Cougar Adam Fravel watches as Falcon Andy Todd makes a break for the basket during the Mabel-Canton and Fillmore Central tournament game last Thursday evening. The Falcons advanced to the next game, which was held on Tuesday night.
The Mabel-Canton Cougars took their number-six sub-section seeding to number-three Fillmore Central on Thursday, March 1, but could advance no farther in the tourney. The host Falcons won the game, 75-62.

"I thought our perimeter shooting kept us in the game in the first half, but we couldn't keep it going in the second half," M-C coach Doug Wyffels said. The Falcons took a 43-35 margin into the locker room, then continued to outscore the Cougars 32-27 in the second period.

Fillmore Central had the hot hand shooting, outscoring Mabel-Canton 36 percent to 30 percent from beyond the arc, 57 percent to 40 percent from two-point range, and an outstanding 82 percent to 77 percent from the charity stripe.

The Falcons were out-rebounded, 32-30. Both teams blocked two shots. Fillmore led in the theft department, 12-7, but lost the turnover tussle, 22-21. With 23 opportunities from the free-throw line, the sizzling shooting that the home team managed gave them a 19-7 edge in points scored at the stripe.

Jacoby Bigalk led M-C scorers with 17 points, followed by Noah Manning and Steve Smith, who each added 15. Hunter Johnson contributed six points, while Adam Fravel scored five. Justin Ward and Gabe Lind each chipped in two.

Smith crashed the boards for 14 rebounds. Bigalk grabbed six, followed by Manning with four and Lind with three. Fravel and Logan Henry each contributed two rebounds, Ward added one.

For the Falcons, Dan Gatzke scored 22, followed by Isaac Sveen with 21 and Tyler Eickhoff with 16.

Fillmore Central plays Spring Grove next in the sub-section semi-finals.

The Cougars finish with a record of 13-14 overall, 11-7 in SEC play.

Center Steven Smith, one of the league's most dominant players for two years running, closed out his high school career with 1,379 total points, eclipsing the old school record by 57. He also shattered the career rebounding record this season, which was held by his brother, Joe, at 562. Steve Smith ended with a total of 806 rebounds. Amazingly, he notched 306 rebounds between Dec. 6, 2011, (when he reached 500), and the March 1 end of the Cougar's season.