The Faribault Falcons boys basketball team outscored the Owatonna Huskies 43-22 in the second half and came home with a 69-46 win Tuesday night.  The Falcons have not had a lot of success in Owatonna over the years but they thoroughly dominated the second half on both ends of the floor.  Faribault led 26-24 at the half.

The Huskies have lost some players to injury and Isaac Oppegard make his debut on the hardwood following a football injury.  The Falcons were without two starters due to injury also.  Senior Joe Palmer drained six three point baskets, finishing with 26 points and classmate Andy Prange collected 22 points on 7 of 8 shooting at the free throw line and some baseline floaters.

They were named our Faribault State Farm Insurance agents Faribault players of the game along with junior Abdi Abdullahi.  Abdi used his long arms to get steals and rebounds providing tremendous energy off the bench.  He finished with 11 points and had to have double digit rebounds in the game.  In fact Abdullahi played so well he started in the second half.

Palmer and Prange tallied 8 points each in the first half and Abdullahi had 5 to lead the Falcons.  Faribault was 17 of 23 from the free throw line  Owatonna was 5 of 20 from the so called charity stripe.  The Huskies were led by senior Steven Eckard with 14 points and senior Jack Hanson added 10 points.

The Falcons bench had 13 points and Owatonna's 4 points.  Faribault totaled 8 three point baskets while Owatonna had 1.  Two Huskies followed out and one Falcon in the very physical game.

Owatonna is at Winona Friday then hosts Matthew Hurt and the John Marshall Rockets Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.  With the victory the Falcons are 4-6 overall and 3-5 in the Big Nine.  The Huskies drop to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in conference action.

Faribault entertains Mankato West Friday in a game we will have on POWER 96 Radio beginning at 7:15 p.m. if they are on time.

In other boys basketball games Tuesday night:

  • NRHEG 47  Bethlehem Academy  44
  • Kasson-Mantorville 45  Pine Island 41  (Jace Bigelow 12 points  Tyler Wohfiel 14 points for KoMets.  Jacob Weber 24 points Carter O'Reilly 10 points for Panthers.  K-M 11 of 21 from free throw line, PI 12 of 19 at free throw line)
  • Austin 91  Red Wing 68
  • Rochester Mayo 82  Rochester Century 78
  • John Marshall 87  Albert Lea 58  (Matthew Hurt 43 points, 17 rebounds...JM with 24 assists in the game.
  • Northfield 87  Mankato West 58
  • Grand Meadow 55  Southland 46
  • Maple River 63  Medford 44
  • Randolph 86  Glenville-Emmons 33
  • Zumbrota-Mazeppa 71  Kenyon-Wanamingo  (5 Cougars in double figures led by Peyton Liffrig and Zach Hutton with 15 points each.  Casey Wesbur paced the Knights with 16 points and Tate Erlandson added 8.)
  • Lake City 75  Stewartville 65
  • Lewiston-Altura 85  Mabel-Canton 64
  • Hayfield 52  United South Central 32
  • Cannon Falls 55  Goodhue 40
  • Chatfield 62  Triton 50
  • Rushford-Peterson 58  Houston 45
  • Leroy-Ostrander 75  Fillmore Central 55
  • Southwest Christian 72  LeSueur-Henderson 47
  • Spring Grove 56 LaCrescent 51
  • Mayer Lutheran 68  Belle Plaine 64
  • Jordan 81  Norwood-Young America 35
  • Sibley East 56  Tri-City United 45
  • Waseca 90  New Ulm  46
  • Rochester Lourdes 91  Byron 63
Faribault Falcon Joe Palmer in Owatonna. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld