Tigers twice ring up 50 in 1st half
The Falls City High boys’ basketball team easily improved to 9-1 on the season with a pair of home routs last week, dismantling Marysville, KS, 75-53 Tuesday, and Johnson-Brock, 66-25, Thursday.
The Tigers, up two spots from preseason to No. 7 in Class C1, had their best first halves of the year, the decade, the century and perhaps beyond, scoring 50 points in the first 18 minutes each night. Impressed? You should be. To put it in perspective, consider that the highest-scoring basketball team in school history averaged fewer than 67 points per game. How about this: C1’s top-ranked team, Columbus Scotus, averages 57 per game. Scoring 50 in a half is hardly routine these days; and to pull it off twice in three days is Halley’s Comet stuff.
FC, which hosts 2-10 Auburn tonight (three in a row?) and 6-5 Maryville, MO, Friday, couldn’t have been better during those opening periods. The numbers are really astounding: 33-of-44 (75 percent) from inside the three-point line, 6-of-12 (50 percent) outside it and an unconscious 16-of-17 (94 percent) from the line. NOBODY can keep up with those kinds of numbers – not Marysville, even though the teams practically played to a draw in the second half, and certainly not a struggling Class D2 Eagles team. Tuesday, senior Weston Witt scored 11 in the opening period and FC took a 26-9 lead. Seniors Jack Hartman and Jordy Stoller then scored nine apiece in the second period as FC hit half a hundred without breaking a sweat. The team entered the locker room having put it up (including free throws) 40 times – the ball went through the iron 31 times. Game of P.I.G., anybody? In the end, Stoller scored a game-high 19, making 6-of-8 from the floor, including one three-pointer, and went a perfect 6-for-6 at the stripe. Hartman finished with 16 points and 10 boards, while Witt scored 12 to go with nine assists. Senior Zach Jordening got the start and made the most of it, scoring 10 points and not missing a shot.
Thursday, most would agree, shouldn’t have happened. The Tigers led 30-2 after one quarter, as Witt and Hartman combined for 18, and Coach Don Hogue called off the dogs for the night.
Talk about rare sightings: FC sat in a 3-2 zone in the second quarter and played a 1-3-1 throughout the second half.
There had to have been a full moon. A blue one.
FC — Stoller, 19; Hartman, 16; Witt, 12; Jordening, 10; Stutheit, 6; Heckenlively, 4; Gibson, 3; Lovenburg, 2; Leafty, 2; Pentecost, 1.
Marys — Pieschl, 19; Stohs, 9; Haggard, 8; Green, 6; Nelsen, 4; Prieschl, 2; Lindhurst, 2.
FC — Hartman, 17; Witt, 14; Leafty, 9; Pentecost, 7; Kirkendall, 5; Jordening, 4; Stoller, 4; Heckenlively, 2; Eickhoff, 2; Stutheit, 2.
JB — D. Clark, 11; Ebeler, 3; B. Clark, 3; Speckman, 3; Stutheit, 2; Boellstorff, 2; Bohling, 1.