By Jay Young
The Falconer/Frewsburg boys basketball team (1-1, 5-2) prevailed over West Division 1 opponent Southwestern (0-2, 1-4), 52-41, on Tuesday night, thanks to solid shooting from beyond the arc and its ball-hawking ways.
Southwestern’s Patrick Mogenhan tries to drive past Falconer-Frewsburg’s Derek Smith during Tuesday’s West 1 Division basketball game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jay Young
FCS was spurred on by several key long-range field goals from Mike Wilcox, who finished the evening with 11 points and six boards. Josh Nelson and Mitchell Carter added 14 and 13 points respectively, with Nelson dishing out six assists.
Despite running an effective full-court press that caused 27 turnovers, Southwestern struggled to convert its defensive takeaways into points.
Down by five points with three minutes to play, the Trojans were unable to find an offensive rhythm, missing two field goals as well as chances at the line.
"We are very hot and cold, and it's because we are inexperienced," Southwestern coach Dan Krenzer said. "We just need to take care of the ball in transition. Tonight we had a ton of turnovers."
Giveaways were a problem early and often for Southwestern, which lost the ball on its first three possessions. Combined with missed opportunities from the free throw line, the Trojans fell into a hole in the opening minutes.
Wilcox was able to take advantage of one of those miscues during the closing seconds of the first quarter, hitting a trey as time expired to end the period 12-6 for FCS.
"I give a lot of credit to Southwestern's coaches and their hustle,"said FCS coach Tom Nelson. "We haven't had trouble getting through the press much this year, but tonight showed we have to get better at breaking it."
The defensive tenacity of the Trojans paid dividends early in the second period when Riley Rybicki recorded his second steal of the evening and converted on an easy layup. That effort provided a much-needed spark for Southwestern, which was then able to narrow the margin thanks to some work inside by Kyle Moran.
"In the end, we missed some buckets underneath, but, at the same time our bigs were keeping us in the game with their putbacks," Krenzer said. "We get a couple more of those and it's a different story."
Moran aided the Trojans with nine points on the night, and accounted for five steals as well.
See FCS, Page B3
After pulling to within just one point of FCS thanks to a basket from Ben Burk, Southwestern was able to find some offensive momentum heading into halftime.
In the closing seconds, Mike Sandbloom converted on a three-point play after being fouled inside, and helped the Trojans pull within one basket of FCS.
Facing just a 23-21 deficit to start the second half, Mogenhan came out firing for the Trojans, finding his way to the rim for an easy layup and hitting an outside jumper for three.
He would finish with 10 points.
"They certainly did not quit, and that's what we expected," said Nelson. "I told the kids coming into tonight that they were going to play hard and be aggressive, and that's exactly what we saw."
After pulling even with FCS at 29, the spark provided by Mogenhan fizzled moving into the final quarter.
A gutsy offensive rebound by Nelson helped FCS regain the lead, and a fast break layup by Smith increased the margin to 10 points with minutes to play.
Moran did all he could to help the Trojans pull even in the closing seconds, but FCS was able to make clutch free throws to end the game. A huge rebound by Matt Hair sealed the deal for FCS in the final seconds.
"We are definitely going to get there, it's going to happen for us," Krenzer said. "We are still young."
FCS will now face off against fellow West 1 Division opponent Maple Grove on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Frewsburg, while the Trojans will be taking on Forestville of East II Division this Saturday at Jamestown Community College.
Peterson 0 0 0, Smith 2 0 4, Wilcox 4 0 11, Nelson 4 4 14, Carter 5 3 13, Ward 0 0 0, Fales 0 0 0, Marchincin 0 0 0, Marchado 0 0 0, Boutelle 0 0 0, Dillon Johnson 0 0 0, Dan Johnson 1 0 2, Hair 3 2 8. Totals 18 9 52.
Johnson 0 0 0, Rybicki 1 2 4, Mogenhan 3 3 10, Moran 3 3 9, Hammond 0 0 0, Bell 0 0 0, Carlson 1 0 2, Gustafson 2 1 6, Sandbloom 2 1 3, Johnston 0 0 0, Burk 2 0 5, Schrope 1 0 2. Totals 12 10 41.
3 pt. goals: Mogenhan, Gustafson, Burk, Wilcox 3, Nelson 2.
FCS 12 11 19 10 - 52
SW 6 15 13 7 - 41
Jayvees: FCS won