|Fulda boys basketball team wins one of three for the week|
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Trevor Ruesch hangs in the air after driving through a line of Rebels to make the basket.
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sean Solheim
Nathan Getting goes in for a lay-up in front of a packed gym during the MCC game.
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Josh Ramerth takes a look at the basket during a heartbreaking loss to MCC.
Defeat RRC, downed by MCC and Luverne|
Last minute three-pointer lifts Rebels over Raiders in a lead swapping battle on Friday night|
Despite an early lead in this Red Rock Conference showdown, Murray County Central earns a 61-60 victory over the Fulda Raiders.
MCC”S Jack Thony took control of the game initially knocking down short jumpers as well as long range shots. Thony scored 16 of the Rebel’s 38 first half points.
Fulda climbed back into the game with early steals by Zach Holt and Nate Getting for layups. Todd Peterson added 8 points including a three-pointer to advance Fulda to a 18-9 lead with 11 minutes left to play in the first half.
The Rebels took an aggressive approach by taking the ball to hoop along with grabbing offensive board (10 in the first half) to put themselves up, 31-26 with 4:30 on the clock.
Fulda was able to claw their way back, despite their sloppy play, and managed a 6 point deficit by halftime.
The second half started out much like the end of the first half with Fulda down by as much as 15 points early on.
Fulda finally settled down and earned some defensive stops and held MCC scoreless for nearly five minutes etching their way back into the game.
By the five minute mark left to go in the game, the Raiders had managed to pull within four points, 53-49.
“Trevor Ruesch was very instrumental in the second half comeback as we attacked the basket,” said head coach Colby Pack. Ruesch had a season high 16 points in the contest.
Todd Peterson (8 second half points) was able to lift the Raiders back on top. Murray County Central returned down court and missed a three point attempt. Peter was able to haul i in the rebound and was fouled.
After making one of two free throws to put Fulda up by two, MCC drove the floor, passed to the post who kicked the ball out to Thony waiting on the perimeter. Despite being contested, Thony nailed the three pointer with three seconds left to play in the game giving the Rebels the one point lead, 61-60 and went to the free throw line to make it a four-point play. Thony missed the free throw and Fulda quickly called a time out to set up the long inbounds play.
The ball was thrown up the sideline and knocked out of bounds with just a couple of tenths of a second coming off the clock. In a last ditch effort, Andy Oakland lofted a shot from the corner, however, fell off the mark.
MCC finished with the one point win, 61-60 which moved them to 2-3 on the season while Fulda goes to 2-2.
Peterson led the Raider scoring effort dropping in 21 points in the contest including three treys beyond the arc, 3 of 3 from inside the paint and was 6 of 8 from the charity stripe.
Trevor Ruesch knocked down 16 points while handing out 3 assists and hauling in 4 rebounds.
Zach Holt and Nate Getting contributed 7 and 5 points respectively with Holt hauling in 4 loose balls and Getting 3.
Andy Oakland was held to six points in the game but grabbed 11 boards and 5 steals. Josh Ramerth is credited with 3 points and Ryan Schumacher 2.
The Raiders shot 36.5% in the game. They were 3 of 25 from beyond the arc and 16 of 27 in the paint along with 19 of 36 from the charity stripe.
MCC shot 47.2% on the night. They shot two-3’s and were 23 of 42 inside the paint to go with their 9 of 19 from the free throw line.
Fulda had 21 turnovers in the game while MCC turned in 28. The Rebels out-rebounded the Raider 37-28.
Fulda 32 28 60
MCC 38 23 61
Raiders play well against a tough Luverne team during the Coaches vs Parkinson’s double-header
Following a tough battle with Murray County Central on Friday night, the Raiders boys were faced off with Luverne on Saturday. The Coaches vs Parkinson’s double-header honoring former coach and teacher, Harvey Carroll, girls/boys game proved to be a struggle for the home team.
The game began as a back-and-forth battle in the first half before Luverne picked up their defensive effort in the second portion of the game and pulled away to earn a 50-35 victory.
Fulda started off with senior Todd Peterson drilling a three. Luverne (4-1) scored seven straight points to go ahead 9-3. The Raiders climbed back into the game and tied the game up at 9 a piece. Peterson hit another three to go up 12-9.
Much of the remaining minutes in the first half were back-and-forth. Kole Kramer sank two free throws to put the Raiders up 14-11 with 7:48 remaining, but the Cardinals regained a 15-14 lead after Matt Arends connected on a 3-pointer with 6:48 left before halftime.
Andy Oakland dropped in a three to put Fulda back on top, 17-15 before Trevor Ruesch scored on an open-court drive to give the Raiders a 19-15 lead with 3:32 left to play in the first half.
Luverne’s Alex Weis notched a 3-point play to go along with two free throws Heronimus put Luverne back in the lead 19-18.
Josh Ramerth was able convert on two free throws to give Fulda the 21-20 edge heading into the locker room at halftime.
Luverne came out hot after halftime scoring the first seven points before Nate Getting finally secured a basket for the Raiders.
The Cardinals forced Fulda turnovers and rushed shots. Scoring came almost effortlessly with Josh Slieter netting 10 points in the second half. Additional hoops from Arends and Heronimus put Luverne up 27-21 at the 14:25 mark.
Blake Ziegler countered Getting’s basket and later Weis went 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to give the Cardinals the 30-23 edge.
Fulda was able to make a run with Peterson nailing a three and a basket by Oakland to pull within four, 30-26 and then 32-28.
Luverne then went on an 8-0 spurt to build a 40-28 lead with 6:52 left on the clock.
Ruesch and Peterson helped to trim the Fulda deficit to eight (43-35) with 2:17 remaining, however, Luverne scored the final seven points to secure a 50-35 victory.
“We did a great job on defense the entire game holding Luverne to 50 points,” stated coach Colby Pack. “Especially since they had scored over 80 in two of their first first games.”
Fulda was 5 of 18 from three-point land shot a mere 8 of 26 in the paint for a total of 29.5% on the night. Meanwhile Luverne was 3 of 15 from beyond the arc dropped in 11 of 31 two point attempts. However they were 19 of 29 from the free throw line while Fulda made only 6 trips to the charity stripe of which they converted 4 points.
Todd Peterson and Trevor Ruesch turned in double digit scoring each notching 12 points a piece.
Andy Oakland dropped in five, while Nate Getting, Kole Kramer, and Josh Ramerth are all credited with 2 points a piece.
Luverne out-rebounded the home team 43-20 with Andy Oakland leading the Raider attack hauling in 5 boards.
Fulda will travel to George-Little Rock on Thursday evening for a girl/boy double header contest.
Fulda 21 14 35
Luverne 20 30 50
Fulda Raider boys use late surge to push past Red Rock Central Falcons
The Fulda Raider boys basketball team hosted the Red Rock Central Falcons in their home opener this Tuesday night.
The Falcons as well as Fulda came into the game with a 1-1 record with each hoping put a W in their book.
Trevor Ruesch kicked the ball out to Todd Peterson on the perimeter to put three points on the board for Fulda right away.
Red Rock answered with a 3-pointer of their own from Sam Halter, 3-3.
Fulda’s next trip down court had Peterson tossing the ball over to Andy Oakland who dropped in a three from the opposite side of the court and with a free throw shot by Ruesch, the Raiders posted a 7-3 advantage in the game.
With the clock showing 10:00 left to play in the first half, Fulda had posted a 18-9 lead as Peterson drops in 5 to go along with Oakland’s 3, Cole Dierks and Nate Getting’s 2-point buckets.
The Falcons were able to climb their way back and got within six points at 12-18 before10-5 run. Peterson knocked down two more three’s while Oakland gets a put back to go along with his jumper to put Fulda on top 28-15.
Red Rock bounced back to claims baskets from seniors Jeff DeCock and Henry Rogotzke, 30-23.
With 24.9 second left to play in the first half, Peterson knocks the ball away and Ruesch quickly gets the ball upcourt to Ryan Schumacher for an easy layup just as the buzzer sounded. Fulda headed into the locker room with a 32-23 advantage in the contest.
The Falcons took control early in the second half of the game. Turnovers and fouls by home team gave Red Rock Central the opportunity to put points up on the board and close the gap to seven points. DeCock knocked down a three-pointer to pull within 4 and with a bucket by Mason Miller, the Falcons were within two.
A turn around by Oakland kept Fulda out front but quickly found themselves down. A turnover by the Raiders gave DeCock a chance to tie the game as he weaved thru the Raider defense and in for two and with a free throw by Casey Engen the Falcons held a one point lead with 11:23 to play in the second half of the game.
It was a back-and-forth contest for the next four minutes. With 6:47 left to play, Oakland drove the right lane for the shot and on the next possession found Peterson on the outside for a three putting Fulda out front 48-43. A missed free throw by Red Rock gave the Raiders a chance to extend their lead.
Trevor Ruesch knocked down the first of his one-and-one free throws to go up 49-43. DeCock, RRC, dropped in a shot for his team and after three possession changes, Peterson came up with a steal and was sent to the charity stripe.
As the clock ticked down to 3:39 Oakland dropped in back-to-back three’s to put Fulda in a commanding 56-48 lead.
DeCock dropped in two free throws and then added a layup to cut the Falcon deficit to four, 52-56.
This time it was Josh Ramerth knocking down a three-point for the Raiders, 59-54.
A layup by Rogotzke, RRC, was the last of the points the Falcons were record. Fulda went on to post a 65-56 victory.
“The turning point in the game was Oakland’s back-to-back three’s and followed up with a three by Ramerth to push the lead up to seven late in the game,” stated head coach Colby Pack.
Fulda was 11 of 27 from beyond the arc and out-rebounded RRC 36-30.
Andy Oakland dropped in 28 points, included five 3’s, and picked up a team-high 13 rebounds.
Todd Peterson was second on the team in scoring with 20 points, while Trevor Ruesch had four points, six rebounds and four assists for the Raiders.
Josh Ramerth added four points while Ryan Schumacher, Nate Getting and Zach Holt were all charted with three points in the contest.
The Falcons were led by Jeff DeCock’s 21 points and seven assists with Henry Rogotzke charting 12 rebounds to along with 14 points.