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Fulda Raider boys split two close games this week:

December 25, 2012

Defeat George-Little Rock; lose to Springfield
The Fulda boys traveled to Springfield on Monday night and were on the road again Thursday night with George-Little Rock.

The Raiders split their games losing to Springfield by ten, 62-72, but turning the tide and coming out on top of George-Little Rock, 47-42.

Fulda 62, Springfield 72

Fulda, despite Springfield being a very tough team, was able to keep the game tight. In fact, the Raiders were only down two points at half time, 34-32.

The second half proved to be a different story with Springfield jumping out quickly earning a seven point spread right out of the gate.

Fulda pulled themselves back together and were able to take the lead midway through the second half.

Up 54-51, and then they Springfield went on another 8-0 run to go up 59-51.

The Raiders came back and to close the gap to one point with a three-point shot by Josh Ramerth with four minutes left.

The charity stripe was kind to the Springfield squad as they had the opportunity to visit it several times. This, combined with shots late in the game, helped the home team earn a 72-62 victory.

“We hung with a very good team until the end, but feel like were in a position to win the game,” said head coach Colby Pack. “However we didn’t finish the game like we would have liked to. We played very hard, but just can’t keep getting outrebounded by 20 and expect to beat a good team like Springfield.”

Fulda was out-rebounded in the game 39-27. But on the bright side, the Raiders dropped in 11 three-point shots in the game, however, only connected on three free throws.

Andy Oakland topped the Raider scoring chart, finishing the night with 22 points including six three’s. He also pulled down five rebounds and nabbed five steals in the game.

Also in double digits was Todd Peterson dropping in 10 and hauled in 5 rebounds while handing out 4 assists.

Zach Holt had 8 points in the contest while Cole Dierks finished with 7. Josh Ramerth is credited with 6 points, Trevor Ruesch 5, while Nate Getting and Kole Kramer each had two points a piece.

Fulda shot 35.3% on the night dropping 11 of 35 from beyond the arc and were 13 of 33 in the paint.

Springfield was 48.2% hitting 6 of 19 from three-point land and were 21 of 37 inside. They were near perfect at the free throw lane finishing the night 12 of 17.

Fulda 32 30 62

Springfield 34 38 72

Fulda 47,

George-Little Rock 42

Thursday night the Raider boys traveled to George, Iowa in a girl/boy double header.

Coming off a loss, from Monday night, Fulda was looking to pull off a victory heading into Christmas break.

Fulda led pretty much from start to finish and claimed a five point win, 47-42.

Trevor Ruesch hit two field goals early on. Combined with a three point shot from Todd Peterson and a couple buckets from Zach Holt and Andy Oakland put the Raiders up 12-5. George-Little Rock were able to close the gap to two points by the end of the first quarter, 10-12.

Ruesch was hot in the second and drops in nine points. Fulda was able to notch five later quarter points to take a 26-19 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

“We had great defense,” said Pack. “George-Little shot 7 of 18 for 25%.”

The third quarter proved to be a bit of a challenge for the visiting Raiders with George-Little Rock coming back to knot the game at 29 a piece. A three point shot by Andy Oakland put Fulda in the lead for the rest of the game. “We only scored 6 points in the second half,” commented Pack. “Nate Getting hit a three to start the half and put us up by 10.”

Fulda maintained the lead start to finish in the fourth quarter. “We shot 19 free throws in the fourth quarter going 11 of 19,” shared Pack. Oakland scored six points going 4 of 4 from the line while Peterson added 3 of 4 late to seal the game.

Trevor Ruesch hit 15 points in the game. Oakland added 12 points on the night while grabbing 13 rebounds.

Peterson dropped in 8 points on the night while hauling in six rebounds. Also contributing to the Raider cause were Nate Getting, Zach Holt, and Josh Ramerth with 4 points a piece.

Fulda shot 35% with three of 11 from 29 two pointers. GLR hit 29% and were 14 of 50.

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