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Fulda boys struggle offensively throughout week

December 19, 2013

	Bennet Appel grabbed the offensive board and turned it into points for the Raider. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Bennet Appel grabbed the offensive board and turned it into points for the Raider.
Justin Dierks goes to the basket in the game against Wabasso on Friday evening. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Justin Dierks goes to the basket in the game against Wabasso on Friday evening.
The Fulda boys struggled offensively throughout the past week with losses coming from Mountain Lake Area (73-38), Wabasso (66-46) and Luverne (57-40).
The Fulda boys struggled offensively throughout the past week with losses coming from Mountain Lake Area (73-38), Wabasso (66-46) and Luverne (57-40). Despite their losses, the Raiders continue to improve defensively.



Fulda 38, MLA 73

Mountain Lake Area, perfect on the season, hosted Fulda this past Tuesday night and cruised to a victory. The Wolverines outscored Fulda in the second half 35-14 enroute to their 73-38 victory.

The Raiders’ deficit was a mere six points with five minutes left to play in the first half. “Our initial defense is very good,” commented head coach Colby Pack. “Teams are not shooting a very high percentage early in the games.”

Fulda, however, was out-rebounded 58-22 including 34 offensive rebounds.

The Raiders shot 30% on the night with five outside the arc and seven of 20 in the paint to go with 9 of 18 from the free throw line. Mountain Lake Area finished with 38.4% including 24 of 56 two point conversions to go with 13 of 21 from the charity stripe.

Josh Ramerth was the only Raider in double figures tallying 12 points. Brian Fenske added 9 points while Cole Dierks had 6, Brett Cuperus, 5, Bennett Appel 4 and Ryan Schumacher 1. Fulda committed 21 turnover compared to MLA’s 14.



Fulda 46, Wabasso 66

Friday night Fulda hosted a girl-boy double header with the Wabasso Rabbits with their only loss coming at the hands of Canby in their season opener.

Cole Dierks hit the opening shot for the Raider offense swishing a three pointer tying the game at 3-3. Wabasso was able to hold Fulda scoreless for a full four minutes as they built an 18-7 advantage by the 8:49 point in the first half. Dierks again hit a three which was quickly countered on the other end of the court. Bennet Appel was able to get his turn around jumper to fall lifting the Raiders to 13-22 before Wabasso took control advancing the 34-18 as they headed to the locker room at half time.

Fulda hit back-to-back buckets to start the second with Josh Ramerth adding a jumper and inside shot. A couple of possessions later, Bennet Appel grabbed the offensive board and turned it into points for the Raiders, 24-38. Several missed chances by the Raiders pushed the Rabbit lead out to 45-24 before Fulda could find their way to the hoop with Dierks coming down the baseline.

Ramerth added back-to-back baseline drives (32-49) as the clock ticked down to 5:11 left to play in the game. Nearly perfect from the free throw line (23-of-26) Wabasso was able to extend their lead, 56-36. A couple of buckets from John Gunderman along with a three-pointer from Brett Cuperus rounded out the Raider scoring.

Josh Ramerth led the Raider effort with 19 points along with nabbing 4 steals. Cole Dierks finished with 8 points, 4 boards and a steal. Bennett Appel had 7 points in the contest to go with his 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 5 assists. John Gunderman added 6 points, Brett Cuperus and Justin Dierks scored 3 points a piece.



Fulda 40, Luverne 57

Rounding out their week, Fulda traveled to Luverne on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals, now 2-5, were paced with 11 points from Blake Richters and 10 from Josh Slieter. Slieter earned a dozen rebounds while Blake Ziegler snatched seven steals to go with seven assists.

Bennett Appel had eight rebounds for Fulda. Brian Fenske had seven and Josh Ramerth six. Ramerth led Fulda in scoring with 16 points. Cole Dierks added 15. The Raiders gave up 25 turnovers in the game and dropped to 0-6 on the year.



“We got down 13-2 in the first ten minutes of the game and played catchup the entire game,” explained Coach Pack. “We just couldn’t get into any rhythm offensively.” He continued, “Defensively we did a very good job, just couldn’t put the ball into the basket.”



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