Cardinal boys can’t keep pace with Falcons

Published 9:17 am Sunday, February 15, 2009

LEROY – The LeRoy/Ostrander boys basketball team hung around for awhile, but couldn’t maintain the pace in an 82-48 loss to Fillmore Central Saturday in LeRoy.

After trailing by as many as 20 early in the second half, the Cardinals (9-11 overall) pulled within 53-40 with nine minutes left in the game when Michael Knight hit a deep three-pointer from the right wing.

But Fillmore Central (12-9 overall) scored the next nine points over a four-minute span to take a commanding 62-40 lead.

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“We flat out ran out of gas. We had three games in three days and we don’t play a lot of guys,” L/O head coach Jason Herber said. “The game is way closer than the score says. I couldn’t be happier with my team, I really couldn’t. We played with a lot of heart and desire and their full court press caused no problems.”

Momentum turned in the Falcons’ favor near the end of the first half. After the Cards pulled to within 31-23 with 1:20 left in the first half on a put-back by Dylan Mackey, Fillmore Central scored six points over the next 30 seconds and four of those points came on steals and lay-ups by Jordan Jarland, who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.

“We had some breakdowns in our half court offense,” Herber said.

Mackey, a 6-foot, 2-inch junior, finished with 14 points and four rebounds for L/O

“Dylan Mackey played the game of his life. He just played outstanding,” Herber said.

Fillmore Central 37 45 – 82

LeRoy/Ostrander 23 25 – 48

L/O scoring: Josh Rowe, 18; Dylan Mackey, 14; Michael Knight, 10; Mark Miller, 2; Kirk Nelson, 2; Tom Mackey, 2; free throws: 67 percent (6-for-9); rebounds: 36 (Rowe, 11; Knight, 5); turnovers: 19

Fillmore Central scoring: Jordan Jarland, 19; Riley Bahl, 15; Nathan Jensen, 14; Chris Morem, 9; Jordan Aug, 6; Colton Hampel, 4; Jordan Ristau, 4; Isaac Sveen, 3; Matthew Haugerud, 3; James Skaalen, 2; Tyler Eickhoff, 1; free throws: 70 percent (21-for-30); rebounds: 40 (Jensen, 8); turnovers: 13