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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker) R-U's Kraig Alesch drives to the hoop for a basket during Tuesday's loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
A career-high 31 points from junior Jacob Fiedler was not enough as the Remsen-Union boys basketball team wrapped up its regular season with a 72-64 loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Tuesday in Remsen.

"We knew we'd be able to compete and I told our guys at the end of the game that I couldn't be prouder of how hard they played," R-U coach Steve Neuberger said. "They got after it for four quarters."

It the Rockets' third straight loss and R-U will enter the postseason a week from Thursday against Gehlen Catholic in Le Mars with a 13-8 overall record.

(Sentinel photo by Roy Tucker) R-U's Josh Bohnenkamp lifts a shot to the basket during Tuesday's game against Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
The Rockets wrapped up their first season in the War Eagle Conference with a 7-4 mark.

"You'd like to end your season on a winning note, but going into a new conference we knew we could be competitive," Neuberger said. "To finish in the top half or top third of the conference says a lot about these kids and how they compete. It doesn't matter who we're playing, they compete and play hard and what happens, happens."

On Tuesday, the Warriors saw a 23-13 lead after one quarter dwindle to four at the half. Remsen-Union briefly took the lead in the third quarter before SB-L reclaimed the lead and held off the Rockets by hitting its free throws.

Eleven of Fiedler's points came from his 13 free throw attempts and he converted 10 field goals.

Kraig Alesch scored 12 points and Brian West chipped in 11 from the bench.

The Rockets were without the services of sophomore post Alex Hansen for the second consecutive game after he injured his knee in Friday's game at South O'Brien.

The Rockets and Jays split their two regular season meetings with Gehlen grabbing a 64-55 win in Remsen on January 15 before the Rockets got even with a 45-39 win on January 26 in Le Mars.

Woodbury Central 67, R-U 62

The Rockets lost a nail-biter to former Western Valley Conference rival Woodbury Central on Monday in Moville.

Alesch scored 19 points and Fiedler had 18 for the Rockets, who once again received a lift off the bench from West, who provided 17 points.

"He's been playing a lot better lately," Neuberger said of West. "Just being a sophomore, he's getting his feet wet as far as what varsity competition is like. With Hansen out, we've needed other guys to step up and he's comfortable in his role."

R-U led the seesaw battle by four with four minutes to play, but Wildcats junior Grady Gallagher made back-to-back 3-pointers to help Woodbury Central retake the lead and pull away.

"They made the big baskets when they needed to," Neuberger said. "But our kids competed for 32 minutes and left it on the floor."

South O'Brien 59, Remsen-Union 33

Alesch had 12 points and Hansen had 10 before leaving due to injury as the Rockets fell to South O'Brien by a 59-33 margin in War Eagle Conference action Friday.

"(South O'Brien is) a tough team to defend," Neuberger said.

"They have a lot of guys that can score, they shot the ball extremely well and they wore us down. They played more physical than we were used to."

The Rockets led by three after the first quarter, but mustered just three points in the second half as SOS pulled away.

"It was kind of a tough match-up for us," Neuberger said. "It was a night where we didn't shoot very well, but you're going to have nights like that."

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