Huskies board to boys basketball win over Cardinals

LEAPING ONE-HANDER ­— Fairmont post player Oliver Tordsen fires a leaping one-handed jumper over Jackson County Central defender Weston Rowe (left) during Big South Conference basketball action Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont. The Huskies’ Roman Voss (background) and Grant Freking (far right) watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Roman Voss scored from the low blocks, Ben Gallagher scored from long distance and Grant Freking handled everything in between for Jackson County Central.

The Huskies’ high-octane trio combined for 44 points to nearly equal Fairmont’s team total during JCC’s 67-47 Big South Conference basketball victory on Tuesday night at Cardinal Gym in Fairmont.

“Voss used his strength inside to help JCC dominate the boards tonight,” Fairmont head coach Jared Thompson said in reference to the Huskies’ 34-20 rebounding edge. “When we worked to stop him, then it opened up the outside for Gallagher, who knocked down four out of his first five 3-point shots and that put us in an early deficit.”

Gallagher, who netted a game-best 16 points, snapped the nets on a 25-footer from beyond the top of the key before Voss tossed in two of his 15 points in the paint to cap an early 15-4 JCC lead.

Harmon Schrunk, Oliver Tordsen and Levi Pooley, however, combined forces to counter midway through the opening 18-minute half.

Trailing by 16, Tordsen banked home a low-post leaner off a Pooley dribble-drive-turned-assist before Pooley tossed in a pull-up 15-footer for two of his team-best 14 points.

Freking countered with a steal and ensuing end-to-end drive for the Huskies, but Schrunk and Pooley worked a two-man trap for a Schrunk layup. Pooley then got the friendly roll off the front of the rim for a 3-pointer to whittle the Cardinals’ deficit to 28-19 with 3 minutes left in the first half.

Voss, who finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards, demonstrated his physicality under the basket by sticking home back-to-back putbacks to help pace a 34-23 lead by intermission.

Fairmont could not reduce its second-half deficit to less than double digits as Freking delivered nine of his 13 points and distributed three of his four assists for JCC.

Freking neared double-double territory by pulling down nine rebounds to complement his 13-point performance.

Hadan Toomer finished with 11 points, Tordsen contributed eight points, Blaze Geiger chipped in three steals and Trevor Maakestad distributed three assists for the Cardinals.

Fairmont (3-6) travels to St. Peter on Friday night, while JCC (6-3) hits the road to Redwood Falls on Friday night.

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