Eagles Top Falcons in Boys TRC Contest
HBC’s first Boys High School Basketball game of the season sent us to Eyota, where the Dover-Eyota Eagles hosted the Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons.
The Falcons came into the game with one of the younger, less experienced squads we may see all season. Only 2 starters return from last year’s 16-12 team, and Head Coach Alex Borgschatz does not have a single Senior on his team. To that end, Coach Borgschatz said some growing pains are to be expected this season.
The inexperience showed in the Falcons’ opening game loss to Cannon Falls, and in their matchup with Dover-Eyota.
That’s not taking anything away from the Eagle group, who started 4 players that were among the top scorers from last year’s 15-12 team.
The Eagles looked to set the tempo early against the Falcons, and did, holding a 42-24 lead after the first half. What was most impressive about the Halftime score, was that Dover-Eyota did their damage with Brady Williams spending about 10 minutes on the bench after picking up 2 quick fouls in the games’ first 6 minutes. Jack Studer and Blake Blattner picked up the slack for the Eagles.
It’s a good thing they did, as Wabasha-Kellogg shot well from the perimeter early on. Their first 15 points of the game came from 5 3-pointers from 4 different players. The only problem was, the Falcons didn’t have the inside game to go along with it, and the Eagles were able to jump out to an early lead, and hold on for the rest of the game.
When Williams returned to the lineup, he picked up where he left off, and helped guide the Eagle offense. Williams and Studer traded buckets, and the game-lead in points during the second half, holding off several Falcon attempts at a comeback.
Williams ended the night with a game-high 24 points, while Studer added 23 and Blake Blattner chipped in 13 points.
For the Falcons, Taariq Bouissardane and Max Kuntz both scored 16, and Alex Avilez scored 11. That accounted for 43 of the Falcons’ 50 points.
The Eagles improved to 1-1 on the season, and will play in the Mapleton Tournament on Friday. Wabsaha-Kellogg will look for their first win of the season on Friday when they travel to Zumbrota-Mazeppa.