12/22/2012 12:05:00 AM Huskies nip Eagles in thriller
Nathan Remmers' 22-foot jumper at the buzzer glanced off the back iron of the rim preserving a 62-60 Jackson County Central victory over Windom Friday night in Windom.
Just five seconds earlier, JCC's Taylor Christopher broke a 60-60 tie with a fall away bucket in the lane to give the Huskies the two-point cushion.
The loss dropped Windom to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Southwest Conference.
"It was a fun ball game, great ball game and I thought our kids worked hard," said Windom Coach Dane Nielsen. "We had plenty of chances down the line, but we missed a lot of shots tonight and (JCC) was the aggressor on offense. We didn't attack and didn't find the seams. But when you're scrappy and your kids work hard and they care about each other, that makes up for a lot."
Windom led throughout much of the first half before a late JCC surge gave the Huskies a lead. The teams settled for a 30-30 halftime tie.
In the second half, both teams had leads - the Huskies with as much as a six-point advantage at one point - but neither could pull away until the last-second shots.
Windom got balanced scoring from four double-digit scorers: Collin Lovell with 16 points and six rebounds, Andy Pfeffer with 15 points and five assists; and Jacob Gotto and Nathan Remmers each with 12 points. Remmers also had eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
JCC was led by Christopher with 22 points and Jon Harmening with 12.
Chargers win opener Westbrook-Walnut Grove improved to 2-4 and earned a championship game berth in the Candy Cane Classic Friday night with an 80-71 overtime victory over Lakeview in Okabena.
Shane Buchmann led the Chargers with a game-high 25 points while Taylor Lindaman added 20 and Alex Knutson netted 12 for the winners.
WWG led 32-24 at the half before the Lakers rallied to tie the game at 65-65 at the end of regulation. But it was all Chargers in the overtime as Coach Derek Jenniges' team outscored the Lakers 15-6.
WWG also had a big night at the free throw line hitting 34 of 50 chances.
The Chargers meet host Southwestern United in the championship game Saturday.
RTR defeats Falcons Red Rock Central went toe to toe with one of the region's top teams for a good share of Friday night's Holiday Hoops championship in Wabasso.
However, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton emerged with a 72-59 victory. The win raised the Knight's record to 7-0.
The Falcons were down by 10 points early in the first half, but bounced back, at one point taking a 40-39 lead in the second half. However, RRC ran into some second half foul trouble and RTR was able to pull away late in the game.
Jeff DeCock led RTR with 21 points and six assists. Henry Rogotzke tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Halter finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
"I was pleased with how we played," RRC Coach Brian Walker said. "It was very intense for a holiday tournament game."