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Fillmore Central gets revenge in a big way

By Guy N. Limbeck

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Fillmore Central got a glimpse of how good it can be in boys basketball on Tuesday if the Falcons play together as a team.

The third-seeded Falcons avenged a setback to No. 2 Lanesboro earlier in the season by dismantling the Burros 72-52 in the Class A, Section One East Subsection semifinals at the Mayo Civic Auditorium.

"I was very happy with the total effort from the tip-off to the buzzer," Fillmore Central coach Heath Olstad said. "It had to be one of our better team efforts of the season."

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Fillmore Central led 35-22 at the half and increased the margin by as much as 32 points in the second half.

"We just came out more ready to play," Fillmore junior guard Jordan Jarland said. "I was just surprised that it wasn’t as close as it could have been."

In the first meeting between the two teams, the Falcons’ 6-foot-3 senior center Chris Morem was out with an ankle injury. And top reserve Dalton Woellert was in his first game back from a thumb injury. Both those players played key roles this time.

Morem and 6-2 senior forward Nathan Jensen helped the Falcons establish an early physical presence. Both players scored a pair of inside hoops in the first 3 1/2 minutes as the Falcons built a 9-2 lead and never trailed.

"They just beat us inside right away," Lanesboro coach John Smith said.

"We try to be physical," Olstad said.

The Falcons were also balanced on offense as the game went along. Five players scored in double figures for Fillmore Central.

"We spread the ball better then last time," Jarland said. "We were seeing each other better."

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Jarland led the way with 17 points while Morem, Woellert and Riley Bahl had 13 each and Jensen added 10. Woellert scored 11 points in the first half, and was 3-for-4 from 3-point range to help the Falcons built their 13-point lead.

"Dalton Woellert hit three really big threes for us," Olstad said.

While the Falcons were having little trouble scoring against Lanesboro, the Burros struggled to find the mark. They did not have a single player in double figures. Brett Hungerholt, a lanky 6-5 junior forward, came in averaging more than 18 points a game. But he was held to just four and did not score until just 8:16 was left in the game. By that time the Falcons were already in control.

"Tonight I thought we did a nice job on their offensive key, Hungerholt," Olstad said.

"He was just really off tonight and they did a nice job of defending him," Smith added.

Fillmore Central also controlled the boards 47-38 and limited Lanesboro’s second-chance opportunities. Jensen had 10 rebounds for the Falcons and Morem collected nine. Even Jarland, a 5-9 guard, had seven rebounds and scored off a pair of put-backs after missed free throws in the second half.

"We just hustled hard and made some big plays," Jarland said.

The Falcons (17-11) now face No. 4 Rushford-Peterson (13-15) in the subsection finals on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Auditorium. Fillmore was 2-0 against R-P during the regular season. Lanesboro finishes 17-7.

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FILLMORE CENTRAL 72, LANESBORO 52

NO. 3 FILLMORE CENTRAL (72)

Jordan Jarland 17, Riley Bahl 13, Jordan Aug 3, Chris Morem 13, Nathan Jensen 10, Dalton Woellert 13, Mathew Haugerud 3, Zach Olstad 0, Jordan Ristau 0, James Skaalen 0, Nate Hanson 0, Colton Hampel 0, Fabian Moll 0.

NO. 2 LANESBORO (52)

Dillon Draper 6, Lance Harmon 2, Brayden Hebl 9, Brett Hungerholt 4, Colin Bakke 8, Braden Hanson 5, Jacob Rogers 2, Shane Austin 7, Chase Bakke 6, Tyler Johnson 0, Lucas Johnson 0, Mitch McBride 0, J.D. Eddy 0.

Halftime: FC 35, LAN 22.

Free throws: FC 17-39, LAN 3-8. Field goals: FC 21-61, LAN 26-52.

Three-point goals: FC 3 (Woellert 3), LAN 7 (Hebl 3, Draper 2, T.Johnson 1, Austin 1). Rebounds: FC 47 (Jensen 10, Morem 9), LAN 38 (Co.Bakke 9, Harmon 6).

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