Top hoops teams finish season strong

Staff

The RBC Lions, Sunset Landscaping, and Revco Renegades all are heading into the playoffs on a high note after some solid performances capped regular-season play in Fort Frances Men’s Basketball League action last Tuesday night at Fort High.
In the first game of the night, the senior Muskies jumped out to a quick 14-10 lead over RBC.
But once Sam Soderman and the Lions found their offensive groove, there was no stopping them as they cruised to an 85-68 victory.
The Muskies shared the ball extremely well, with four of their five players reaching double digits in scoring, highlighted by Cole Kowalski’s team-high 23 points.
Darrell Goff, meanwhile, returned to the Lions’ lineup and chipped in 11 points.
But it was his play-making abilities that stood out as he set up Soderman for numerous easy buckets inside, enabling him to net a season-high 56 points.
The second game of the night saw the Renegades trying to add to their three-game winning streak against the BDO Ballerz
Revco started off slow offensively but fortunately for them, BDO also struggled and they were able to prevail 48-38.
Revco’s first basket came just over three minutes in, which actually gave them an 2-0 lead.
Both teams ended the first half still struggling offensively, with Revco holding a slim 25-22 lead at the break.
The second half started off just as slow, with both squads managing just one bucket over the first five minutes.
John Sivonen continued his hot shooting and his six three-pointers, along with a team-high 28 points, was enough to lead the Renegades to victory.
BDO, which struggled with turnovers on the night, was led by Jeff Campbell and Todd Richards offensively, who both finished with 12 points.
The final game had Sunset Landscaping battling Arctic Cat.
Coming off a season-high 94 points last week, Sunset once again put all the pieces of their game together and blew away Arctic Cat with an impressive 99-50 rout.
Building off slick passing and even more impressive shooting, Sunset’s high-scoring duo of Josh Mastin (47) and the high-flying Justin Anderson (29) were too much for an Arctic Cat team that once again had just five players.
A bright spot for Arctic Cat, however, was the impressive play of Dustin Eyolfson, who proved to be a reverse lay-up wizard while scoring a season-high 20 points from in close.
With the regular season now in the books, the playoffs kicked off last night with a pair of quarter-final games.
BDO (3-8) faced the Muskies (3-8) at 6:45 p.m. while Revco (6-5) locked horns with Arctic Cat (1-10) at 8 p.m. (the outcomes were not known as of press time).
RBC and Sunset Landscaping, who both have identical 10-1 records, earned the byes to the league semi-finals next Tuesday (Feb. 27).

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