Falcons still looking for first win

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The winning-woes continue for the Fillmore Central boys’ basketball team as the Falcons lost two more this past week, dropping to 0-11 for the season, 0-5 in Three Rivers Conference play.  Last Thursday they lost to Southland 61-40 and this past Monday night they lost to neighboring Lanesboro 56-51.

“Improvement on defense?  Yes,” says coach Aaron Mensink. “Offense and shooting remains a big work in progress.”

In the loss to Southland the team shot 25.0 percent (14/56) from the field, including six of 28 (21.4%) from three-point range.  The guys did shoot 60 percent from the free throw line, but only had 10 attempts, making six.  In the loss to the Burros the team improved a bit, hitting 32.8 percent (19/58) from the field, seven of 31 (22.8%) from beyond the arc and just 37.5 percent (6/16) at the charity stripe.  Not so charitable!

Josh Peters led the scoring against the Rebels with 15.  Zach Haugerud added eight and Tyler Raaen contributed seven.  Others to score were Hadrian Williams (three), Cory Brown (one), Logan Dyerson (two) and Ian Shupe (four). 

Peters was tops in rebounds with five, while Williams and Mason Berg had four each.  Dyerson (three) and Berg (two) led the team in assists, while Peters (four) and Raaen (three) were the steal leaders.

The Falcons trailed 35-15 at halftime.

Peters (23) and Raaen (13) had 36 of the team’s 51 points in the loss to Lanesboro.  The remaining points came from Haugerud (five), Williams (four), Carson Kiehne (two) and Dyerson (four).  Twelve of Peters’ points came from downtown with four three-pointers. 

Peters got his first double-double of the season as he pulled down 13 rebounds to go with his 23 points.  Williams had eight rebounds and Raaen came up with seven boards. 

Peters was also the team leader in assists (four) and steals (two).  Dyerson also had two steals (co-leader) and Shupe dished out three assists.

“We played good defense all night,” said coach Mensink. “Just had one four-minute stretch in the second half where they got up 11 points and we couldn’t ‘claw’ back.  Poor shooting selection during that stretch.”

The score was tied at 23-23 at the intermission.

The Falcons seem to be handling the ball OK, as only 14 turnovers were reported for the Lanesboro game and 13 in the Southland game.  Inconsistent play and poor shooting seem to be the order of the day for the Falcon boys.

The Fillmore Central B squad/JV is 5-3 for the season.

This past Tuesday the guys were scheduled to host LeRoy-Ostrander and Friday they host the high flying St. Charles Saints.  The team will travel to Chatfield on Tuesday, Jan. 15.