FC senior forward Nick Powell finished his high school career with 20 points and 18 rebounds.  CRAIG MOORHEAD/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
FC senior forward Nick Powell finished his high school career with 20 points and 18 rebounds. CRAIG MOORHEAD/BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP
First of all, Fillmore Central and Mabel-Canton had a tough time finding suitable weather so they could play their quarterfinals game. Then once the game got rescheduled, two different times, the Falcons found it tough to find the hoop.

A cold shooting night, matching the temperature outside, left Fillmore Central on the short end of a 71-56 score, ending their season "too soon," said coach Aaron Mensink.

The Falcons only hit 32.8 percent of their shots from the field, 20 of 61, and a miserable 2 of 14 (14.3 percent) from three-point range. They were also a lukewarm 50.0 percent at the free throw line, 14 of 28.

"One of our worst shooting nights of the year," added Mensink. "Tough loss to take. Had the match-up we wanted, at home, and then we just couldn't buy a basket, against a team that didn't miss; six of eight from three-point in the first half. Season ended before we wanted it to, for sure."

For seniors Nick Powell, Logan Masters, Collin Bennett, Quentin Case, Carter Rindels, Ascher Ostrom and foreign exchange student Bram Van Lent, their season and Falcon basketball careers, came to a screeching halt, and much worse, on their home court.

Offensively, the Falcons got 20 points from Powell and 10 from Rindels. Powell added 18 rebounds to his points to finish his Fillmore Central basketball career with a double-double. Also getting into the scoring column were Masters (6), Gatlin Woellert (2), Bennett (3), Jordan Miller (5), Case (5) and Nick Mensink (5).

In spite of the team's shooting woes, some individuals did find the mark: Miller (2/3), Mensink (2/2) and Woellert (1/1)

Steal leaders were Masters (6), Miller (4) and Powell (4). Masters topped the assist charts with four. Powell also had three blocked shots.

The Falcons ended the season with an 11-16 record, finishing 6-14 in the Three Rivers Conference.