LeRoy-Ostrander boys basketball has been the surprise of the SEC. The Cardinals finished last in the West a year ago (1-14, 7-20). They began this year with a loss, but then nine straight wins. Entering a match-up with FC (3-8, 4-13), L-O sat in second place in the West (5-2, 13-5) behind Randolph (6-1, 13-4). But the SEC is the SEC. The TRC is the TRC. Aaron Mensink’s Falcons proved that. L-O led 26-20 at halftime. A Logan Corson three put FC ahead 45-43 around the 3-minute mark. In the final 1:30, FC hit 6 of 7 free throws to seal the game. The Falcons posted their best win of the year, 51-45. Junior Josh Peters led the way (17 pts, 5-6 FTs, 4 stls). Corson (14 pts, 3-4 threes, 6 rebs) was key help. Nate Haugerud added 4 (pts), 7 (rebs), 4 (assists), and 3 (stls). Trey Hungerholt (game-high 20 pts) was the only Card in double-digits. L-O shot 28.1% (16-57) including 18.5% from deep (5-27). FC shot 34.7% (17-49) and 38.5% (5-13). FC finished 80% (12-15) at the charity stripe to L-O’s 50% (8-16). It was FC’s first win over a plus-500 team this year. Their previous ten wins were against sub-500 squads.
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