The Tiger boys capitalized on a big second quarter Friday night in their season opener at Syracuse and held off the Rockets, 49-38.
Falls City, who was recognized last week as a contender in the Lincoln Journal Star’s preseason rankings, scored 20 points in the second period to open up a 31-20 halftime lead and Syracuse wasn’t able to take advantage of a six-point FC third quarter.
Neither team shot the ball and the two were nearly identical from the field. FC finished 15-of-41 from the floor and 1-for-13 from the three-point line, while Syracuse converted 14-of-41 field goal attempts, but knocked down 5-of-20 threes to keep it respectable.
The difference in the game came at the free-throw line, where the Tigers were 18-of-21 compared to just 5-for-7 from the Rockets. FC was 10-for-10 from the stripe in the second quarter, then 6-for-7 – all coming from junior Jordy Stoller – in the fourth quarter.
Senior Mitchell Harling led a trio of Tigers in double figures with 14 points, while Stoller and fellow junior Jack Hartman each added 13. Harling added six assists to go along with his 14 points and Hartman pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
The Rockets were led by Aaron Halvorsen’s 11 points.
FC (1-0) travels to Hiawatha, KS tonight then hosts rival Auburn Friday.
Scoring vs. Syracuse
FC – Harling 14, Stoller 13, Hartman 13, Witt 4, DiGiacomo 3, Mount 2.
SYR – Halvorsen 11, Orchard 6, Meyer 5, C. Cameron 5, T. Stillmock 3, J. Cameron 3, Moore 3, M. Stillmock 2.
The Lady Tigers dropped their season opener at Syracuse 49-32, despite leading 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.
FC Head Coach Max Milam said his team hung right with the Lady Rockets for three quarters, but some miscues late in the game did them in.
“We played well for three quarters and then had five very poor offensive sets to start the fourth,” Milam said. “To many mental mistakes versus a good team like Syracuse.”
Senior Brooke Scheitel and junior Sydney Armbruster each scored 10 for FC.
The Lady Tigers (0-1) will look to bounce back tonight at Hiawatha. FC hosts Auburn Friday night.
Scoring vs. Syracuse
FC – Scheitel 10, Olberding 2, Frederick 6, S. Armbruster 10, Beckner 2, Libby Bauman 2.
SYR – Reed 23, Harsin 7, Brinkman 5, Nordhues 2, Lintner 8, Kapperman 4.