Brock Walsh uses his power to make a basket as Fillmore Central hosted Caledonia on Friday.
DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER
Brock Walsh uses his power to make a basket as Fillmore Central hosted Caledonia on Friday. DEB FINSETH/NEWS LEADER
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The Fillmore Central boys’ basketball team met three very good opponents this past week, coming out with a win over LeRoy-Ostrander (51-45), but losing to Kingsland (70-47) and Caledonia (91-59). 

The team is now 4-13 for the season, 3-8 in Three Rivers Conference play. Tuesday night the guys were scheduled to travel to Rushford-Peterson and Thursday they are at home against Lewiston-Altura. 

Luke Ristau led the team with 12 points in the loss to neighboring Kingsland.  He was the only player in double-figures for the Falcons.  Nate Haugerud and Logan Corson each had eight, along with four each for Connor Dols, Matt Lutes and Josh Peters, three for Thomas Murphy and one bucket (two points) each for Colten Kraling and Dawson Schmidt. 

Kraling was tops in rebounds with four, Haugerud was high in assists with three and Lutes led the steal corps with two.  The floor game for the Falcons was not really spectacular, although the stats only show seven turnovers in the game.  The team shot 34.0 percent (18/53) from the field, 33.3 percent (6/18) from three-point range and 41.7 percent (5/12) at the free throw line.  Some individuals shot pretty good, but perhaps not enough shots: Murphy (1/1), Haugerud (3/6), Dols (1/2), Corson (3/6) and Schmidt (1/2).  Haugerud was two for two at the line. 

“Couldn’t handle their size and didn’t shoot well,” said coach Aaron Mensink.  “Also, poor shot selection.”

Peters (21) and Brock Walsh (10) were in double-digits in the loss to the No. 3 ranked Warriors.  Peters was seven for 14 from the field, including five for 11 from beyond the arc and Walsh was five for six from the field.  Ristau was four for eight from the field and finished the game with nine points.  Coming up with six points each were Haugerud and Corson and five points for Kraling.  Schmidt rounded out the scoring with a basket and two points.

Again, not a big show on the boards as Haugerud and Walsh each had four.  Haugerud (four) and Corson (three) led the team in assists and Kraling (four) and Peters (three) were tops in steals.  The team shot 43.4 percent (23/53) from the field, which was a great improvement from the Kingsland game.  They shot 28.0 percent (7/25) from three-point range and just 42.9 percent (6/14) at the stripe. 

The win over L-O is a big one for the Falcons and should have some implications in the soon-to-be seeding for the section tourney.  Peters (17) and Corson (14) topped the team in scoring.  Peters had five field goals (2 threes) and was five for six at the free throw line.  Corson was four for nine from the field, including three for four from downtown, and also three for four at the charity stripe.  Fillmore Central shot 34.7 percent (17/49) from the field, 38.5 percent (5/13) from three-point range and 80.0 percent (12/15), that’s right, at the free throw line.  Haugerud (7) and Corson (6), the two big guys on the floor, led the team in rebounding.  They also led the team in assists, with four and three, respectively.  Chief thief (steals) was Peters with four, followed by Haugerud (three) and Walsh (two). 

“This was a good win for us,” said Coach Mensink.  “We made six of seven free throws in the final 1:30 to seal the game.  We closed out their shooters pretty well and held Royston (Seth, senior) to seven points.  Hungerholt (Trey, junior) had a big game, but we were able to contain everyone else.” 

LeRoy-Ostrander came into the game at 13-4 and was ranked third (QRF) in the section