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Boys Basketball: Second half woes doom Wildcats

River Falls' senior Adam Feyereisen (5) hits a scoop shot just before halftime to give the Wildcats a 30-28 lead against Eau Claire North Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in River Falls. The lead would be the last for the Wildcats as the Huskies outscored them 34-9 in the second half to take a 62-39 win. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

You know things are going bad for your basketball team when the student section starts chanting, “Let's play football!”

That's what happened at the Cat's Den in River Falls Tuesday night, Dec. 4, in the middle of a 20-0 run by visiting Eau Claire North that catapulted them to a 62-39 victory.

The score was tied 30-30 at the break when the Huskies opened the second half with a three-pointer to take the lead for good. Adam Feyereisen answered with a bucket to make it a 33-32 game, but the Cat's didn't score again until Zac Johnson completed a three-point play with just under six minutes remaining.

By that time the score was 60-35 in favor of Eau Claire North, and all the Wildcat student section had to cheer about was the Cat's 47-20 Big Rivers Conference title clinching victory over the Huskies during the football season.

Eau Claire North hit 11 three-pointers in the game, including seven in the second half. The Husky duo of Dalton Banks and Chad Kron accounted for nine of those three-pointers and a total of 48 points while no Wildcat finished in double figures, with Zac Johnson the high scorer with nine. Adam Feyereisen added eight points and nine rebounds and JT Dougherty had eight points.

The Wildcats shot 38.6 percent from the field (17-of-44), including 3-of-13 from three-point range, while Eau Claire North made 11-of-26 three-pointers and shot 46 percent (23-of-50) overall. The Huskies also outrebounded the Wildcats, 30-25 while committing five less turnovers (13-8).

The Wildcats, now 1-1, will continue BRC action at Hudson (3-0) this Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:15 p.m.

Wildcat hockey falls in OT

The Wildcat hockey team played a much closer game against Chisago Lakes Tuesday night before losing 3-2 in overtime at Wildcat Centre.

Jake Bergmanis tied things up with seven minutes remaining in regulation with an assist from Zak Paulson but Chisago Lakes got the game-winner 6:21 into overtime.

Nick Longsdorf gave River Falls a brief 1-0 lead 6:36 into the first period with Cod Wilson and Paulson assisting but Chisago Lakes scored just 20 seconds later and took a 2-1 lead with a power play goal at the 10:59 mark.

Wildcat goalie Jake Miller finished with 42 saves as Chisago Lakes outshot River Falls 45-27.

River Falls will host Hudson this Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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