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Boys Basketball: Wildcats win playoff opener

River Falls senior Adam Feyereisen beats a pair of Ashland defenders for two of his 11 points in the Wildcats’ 69-52 WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal win over the Oredockers Friday, March 1, in River Falls. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Zac Johnson scored 16 points and Adam Feyereisen came within a whisker of a triple-double as the third-seeded Wildcat boys’ basketball team defeated No. 11 seed Ashland 69-52 in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal win over the Oredockers Friday, March 1, in River Falls.

The Wildcats advance to face second-seeded Onalaska in the regional final Saturday, March 2, in Onalaska. The Hilltoppers advanced with a 78-38 win over seventh-seeded New Richmond.

Johnson hit four 3-pointers in the first half to help the Wildcats out to a 42-30 lead. Feyereisen meanwhile finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

Payton Flood contributed nine points and JT Dougherty and Mike Johnson scored eight each as ten different Wildcats recorded at least one field goal. River Falls shot 54 percent from the field (27-of-50) and were 8-for-20 from long range while holding the Oredockers to 40.4 percent field goal shooting (21-of-52). The Cats outrebounded the Oredockers 28-26.

River Falls improved to 16-6 on the season while Ashland ended its season 10-13. The WIAA Division 2 regional final between the Wildcats and Onalaska (19-4) will tip off at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in Onalaska.

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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