Falcons stick talons into Bearcat boys basketball in Jan. 17 game

It seemed to be Keller vs Keller during Webster Area’s Jan. 17 game at Webster. The Bearcats went against the Florence-Henry Falcons.

Jaydon Keller of Webster and Mehko Keller of Florence-Henry went head to head for the offense. Mehko and the Falcons 5-5, beating the 1-7 Bearcats 56-53. Quarter scores were 10-8, 29-21, 40-35 and 56-53.

Mehkl Keller led the Falcons offense with one 2-pointer, three 3-pointers and 10 free throws, for a total of 27 points. Behind him was James Schroeder with two 3-pointers and four free throws for a total of 10 points. Andrew Schroeder scored six points for the falcons with one 2-pointer, one 3-pointer and one free throw. Tegan Sumner scored one 2-pointer, one 3-pointer for a total of five points. Ethan Paulson hit a two-pointer and two free throws, scoring four points for the Falcons.

Jaydon Keller and Jacob Pereboom, tried to keep the Falcons from taking flight with Keller scoring 25 points for the offense, consisting of seven 2-pointers, three 3-pointers and two free throws; Pereboom scored 12 points, consisting of five 2-pointers and two free throws; Kaden Stoks landed four points, consisting of one 2-pointer and two free throws; Jacob Keller four points, including two 2-pointers; Gavin Sannes one 3-pointer for the Bearcats; Jaiden McCreary three points, consisting of one 2-pointer and one free throw and Brent Bearman scored two points with a 2-pointer.

As a team, the Bearcats hit 17 of 42 2-pointers, four of 16 3-pointers and seven of 13 free throws. Their overall field goal percentage was 36 percent.

“We continue to hurt ourselves. We have issues being consistent in all areas. We rebounded really well. (We) out-rebounded Florence by 20 and still lost the game. We were 0-6 in simple layups in first quarter and 1-6 free throws in (the) first half,” Head Coach for the Bearcats Jared Vergeldt said.

The Bearcat offense tried to keep the ball in their possession with 10 offensive rebounds, however, the Bearcats gave the Falcons multiple scoring opportunities with 12 turnovers. Defensively, the Bearcats swooped in for possession 32 times with 32 defensive rebounds, compared to 18 from their opponents. The Bearcats stole twice and were stolen from four times.

“We routinely missed defensive assignments as well. We were prepared yet mentally not ready to play. However, we showed a lot of heart. We got down on several occasions but always clawed back with a chance to win late,” Vergeldt said. “We need to regroup and start looking at players who show consistency, improvement, and focus. I am happy with our effort and these boys don’t give up easy.”

Next contest

The Bearcat boys will play Waverly-South Shore Jan. 25 at home.

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