Fouls, turnovers doom Otter boys in 50-38 lossPublished 10:55am Wednesday, January 9, 2013
ST. CLOUD APOLLO — A highly physical game saw the Fergus Falls boys basketball team get into foul trouble and commit 29 turnovers in a 50-38 loss to the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles Tuesday in a Central Lakes Conference battle.
The first half was a low scoring affair as neither team could stay out of foul trouble. The Otters would leave the court at the break nursing a 21-19 lead.
The Spartans came out ready in the second half as their defensive pressure was able to force the Fergus players to give away the ball.
The Otters were unable to make a run in the second half as top scoring threats Mike Millard, Reece Johnson and Jackson McAllister all fouled out, while Austin Rund sat most of the half with four personals.
“It was a very physical game on both ends of the court,” Otter assistant coach Denny Hystead said. “Apollo was a little more aggressive and was able to get the breaks in the second half.”
The Eagles saw a balanced scoring attack as Ethan Novacinski was the lone player with double digits with 12 marks.
Millard finished the evening as the only Otter player in double figures with 16 points.
Fergus won the battle of the boards 35-26.
In JV action, the Otters fell 63-41to St. Cloud Apollo. David Schneck led the JV squad with nine points. The Fergus Falls ninth-graders picked up a win 48-43 as Donovan Wood (12) and Jake Western (10) notched double digit points.
The Otters will look to climb back up the standings in the CLC as they travel to take on the Rocori Spartans Friday in a 7:30 p.m. showdown.