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Zach Holt goes in for the layup in a tough game against SWU.
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Andy Oakland puts in the three pointer on a toss from Zach Holt.
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Wildcats break away for 75-66 victory over Raiders
Despite a close first half, the Wildcats of Southwestern United were able to widen the gap in the second half to earn a 75-66 Red Rock Conference victory over the visiting Fulda Raiders.|
Throughout much of the first half found each team trading leads. However, late in the half, SWU broke open the tight contest to earn a 31-25 edge going into intermission.
The Wildcats came out of the gates in the second knocking down two quick baskets before Fulda could garner one hoop. Zach Holt kicked the ball over to Andy Oakland for a three early in the second half. Next Fulda possession Todd Peterson found the inside of the hoop also knocking down a three-pointer to pull within six points, 33-39 at the 15:46 mark in the game.
SWU continued weaving through Raider defense with a basket by Zach Schumacher following by a bucket from Justin Jass (29 points) to put the Wildcats back out in front by 10 points.
Southwestern United was able to maintain that 7-10 point advantage throughout most of the second half and even went up by as much as 12.
The Raiders finally were able to pull themselves out of that hole as Kole Kramer grabbed the offensive board and was able to put the ball back in the hoop, 43-52. Nate Getting later put in both free throw attempts, 45-52.
J. Jass dropped in back-to-back three’s for SWU and the Raiders were once again down by double digits, 58-47.
As the clocked ticked down to the 6 minute mark, Oakland found a lane to the hoop and later Holt followed suit, 53-62. J. Jass went to work again adding a free throw and jumper to give the Wildcats that double digit advantage, 65-53.
Todd Peterson was able to cut into that deficit going in for a layup off a steal and then adding a free throw to his stats, 58-66. Shortly thereafter, Nate Getting was on the receiving end of a assist from Holt and earned another bucket on Fulda’s next trip down the court, 62-68.
The Raiders were forced to foul in order to get an offensive opportunity. Unfortunately, SWU connected on just enough free throws to stay outfront and earn the 75-66 win.
Todd Peterson topped a balanced Fulda scoring chart with 15 points, while also passing for a trio of assists.
Zach Holt (12 points), Andy Oakland (11 points, seven rebounds, three steals), Trevor Ruesch (10 points, four assists), Kole Kramer (team-high eight rebounds, six points), Nathan Getting (nine points) and Josh Ramerth (seven rebounds) were Fulda’s other leading contributors.
Fulda 25 41 — 66
SWU 31 44 — 75
Mt. Lake Wolverines top Fulda Raiders 87-67
The Wolverines of Mountain Lake Area had put together a string of 12 straight victories. Fulda was hoping to break that string when they hosted MLA on Saturday night. However, MLA was a bit more than the home town Raiders could handle and Fulda fell 87-67.
“We played very hard against a team that finished 4th in state last year,” commented head coach Colby Pack. “We just could not get defensive stops when we needed to do so.”
The first half was a back and forth battle with plenty enough offense to entertain the crowd of followers.
Fulda jumped out to 13-7 lead to start the game with Nate Getting nailing two three’s followed by another three from Andy Oakland. Trevor Ruesch and Zach Holt also contributed to the Raider tally with a bucket a piece.
MLA battled back to earn a 19-13 advantage. The Raiders didn’t give up and continued to do battle with the Wolverines. The game stayed pretty even up until the last couple of minutes of the first when MLA opened the gates and went on a run to go up by 15 at half, 48-33.
Unfortunately the Raiders, despite their valent effort, were not able to battle back enough in the second half to overcome staying between the 12-20 deficit the entire later part of the game.
Pack continued, “We would go on a run, and then they would answer the run.” He concluded with “They have a VERY good player, who by my stats had 34 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.”
Fulda had three players in double digit scoring with Andy Oakland leading the pack at 23 points followed by Nate Getting, 11, and Trevor Ruesch, 10. Contributions also came from Cole Dierks, 9, Zach Holt, 6, Todd Peterson, 4, and Josh Ramerth, 3, and Bennett Appel, 1.
Fulda shot 42.1% on the night with 11 of 29 past the arc and 13 of 28 in the paint. They dropped in 8 of 15 free throw attempts for 53.3%.
MLA finished the night 36 of 62 for 58.1% and were 14 of 21 from the charity stripe for 66.7%.
Fulda was out-rebounded 40-23 with Josh Ramerth grabbing 6 boards followed by Andy Oakland with 5. Trevor Ruesch is credited with handing out 6 assists in the game.
Fulda will travel to Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, this Saturday for a boy/girl double-header against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton. The boys game will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the girls scheduled to begin around 2:30 p.m.
Fulda 33 34 67
MLA 48 39 87