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Boys Basketball: River Falls tops La Crosse Logan

River Falls' sophomore Zac Johnson (23) hits a shot over La Crosse Logan's Maguire Werner for the first basket of the game in the Wildcat's 61-50 victory over the Rangers Tuesday, Dec. 11, in River Falls. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

It's still early, but the Wildcat boys’ basketball team's win over La Crosse Logan Tuesday night, Dec. 11, could have a big impact come sectional seeding time.

In their first game against a sectional foe this season, the Wildcats got 18 points from sophomore JT Dougherty and 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists from senior point guard Adam Feyereisen in a 61-50 win over the Rangers.

The win bumped River Falls to 3-1 overall while La Crosse Logan slipped to 1-3. The Cats will look to improve on their 1-1 Big Rivers Conference record when they host Menomonie (2-3, 0-2) this Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday night's game against Logan featured 11 lead changes and four ties. Logan's biggest lead was three midway through the first half but the Cat's took a 26-21 lead into the locker room and used a 7-0 run late in the second half to spark them to the 11-point win.

Dougherty pulled down four rebounds and blocked two shots in addition to his 18-points while Feyereisen hit 4-of-6 shots from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line on his way to a 15-point night. Twelve of his 13 rebounds came on the defensive end while his six assists give him a total of 26 through the first four games, an average of 6.5 per game. He set the school's all-time single-season assist record last year with 129 in 24 games, an average of 5.4.

Senior Taylor Tirrel was 4-of-5 from three-point range and contributed 14 points in the win while sophomore Zac Johnson had seven points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Cats shot 53.3 percent from the field (24-45) compared to 41.7 percent for Logan (20-48) while outrebounding the Rangers 36-28. Logan was led by Calvin Mavin with 23 points.

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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