NFV boys rally but fall short
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NFV’s Brandon Fenneman tries for two against West Central Friday, Jan. 31 in Maynard. The junior didn’t get the bucket, but did haul down six rebounds. He added three more boards and two points against Oelwein on Saturday. (Jerry Wadian photo)
NFV boys rally but fall short
By Jerry Wadian
The North Fayette Valley boys’ basketball team had two second-half rallies fall short last week. The TigerHawks lost a pair of road games, falling at West Central, 52-46, on Friday, Jan. 31, and 62-41 the next day in Oelwein.
Friday in Maynard, the TigerHawks’ late rally was a case of too little, too late.
WC led throughout, taking a 25-16 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Devils expanded the lead to 40-25 by the end of the third period. Then the TigerHawks found the range and went on a 21-12 tear over the final eight minutes. However, the frantic rally ran out of time.
Overall, NFV did not shoot well enough to win, going 18-60 from the floor and 6-11 from the line.
WC was also a little too strong on the boards, outrebounding NFV, 41-32; the Devils also blocked seven TH shots.
Alex Callahan led NFV with 10 points and six rebounds. Tristan Riley and Thomas Hanson each put in nine points.
NF 6 10 9 21 46
WC 10 15 15 12 52
NF (46)- Al. Callahan, 10; Riley, 9; Hanson, 9; Kleve, 7; Johansen, 5; Au. Callahan, 4; Hoopes, 2. 3-pointers- Riley, 2; Kleve, Hanson. Rebounds- Al. Callahan, 6; Johansen, 4; Riley, 4; Moore, 3; Hoopes, 3; Au. Callahan, 3; Kleve, 2. Assists- Hoopes, 4; Hanson, 2; Riley, 2; Kleve, Johansen. Steals- Hanson, 3; Riley, 2; Al. Callahan, 2; Hoopes. Blocks- Al. Callahan, 2.
Saturday, NFV had another second-half rally fall short. Only this time the TigerHawks dug too deep a hole in the first half to get out of in just 16 minutes.
Oelwein jumped to a quick 22-6 lead in the first eight minutes and went into the halftime break ahead, 37-12.
Riley was the leading scorer for NFV with 12 points; Phil Kleve added eight points. Lincoln Johansen grabbed nine rebounds and put in six points.
NF 6 6 12 17 41
O 22 15 9 16 62
NF (41)- Riley, 12; Kleve, 8; Johansen, 6; Ruckdashel, 5; Al. Callahan, 4; B. Fenneman, 2; Au. Callahan, 2; Hanson, D. Fenneman. 3-pointers- Kleve, 2; Riley, Ruckdashel. Rebounds- Johansen, 9; Al. Callahan, 5; Moore, 3; Williams, 3; B. Fenneman, 3; Bouska, 2; Hoopes, 2; Kleve, Hanson, Lansing, Au. Callahan, Ruckdashel. Assists- Bouska, 2; Kleve, Hanson, Al. & Au. Calhan, Hoopes, Williams. Steals- Riley, 2; Al. Callahan, Hoopes, Ruckdashel, Johansen, Williams. Blocks- Johansen, Hoopes.