Falls City Beavers stumble in area play
Members of the Falls City Beaver basketball team stand for the national anthem during a playoff game. The Beavers won a bi-district championship and advanced to the area round of play. Team members include (from left) Stephen Harlos, Luke Jimerson, Royce Leonhardt, Dylan Cheatham, Conner Dziuk, Tyler Moore, Zack Jimerson, Eric Wiatrek, Mitch Lyssy, Dean Gaskamp, William Stolle, Gabe Jimerson, Cody Houdmann, and Phillip Lyssy.
FALLS CITY -- The Beavers didn’t have a very long basketball season this year, thanks to an extended run in football, but the team from Falls City made the most of the games it had. The Beavers made the playoffs as the No. 2 team from their district and won a bi-district title, but then fell in the area championship.
Falls City’s week got started in the bi-district round of play against Flatonia. The Beavers held a slight advantage through the first period of play and led 8-5 at the end of the first period, but slipped in the second, and trailed the Bulldogs 17-15 at the break.
The Beavers came back strong in the third period, though, outscoring Flatonia 12-6, and taking a 27-23 advantage into the fourth period. The scoring action picked up during the final stanza and both teams scored at a quick pace. The Beavers tacked on another 12 points, but the Bulldogs were good for 16, closing the gap and sending the game into overtime with things tied at 39-all.
The first overtime session was fairly uneventful, and the period ended with the score at 41-41. On to the second overtime, and even fewer points, as the period ended with the score at 42-42.
Things were different in the third overtime session, however, at least for the Beavers. While the Bulldogs managed just one free throw, the Beavers added 6 to the board. Phillip Lyssy dropped in a pair of free throws, Luke Jimerson sank a basket, and then Gabe Jimerson closed things out with two more from the stripe. When the clock expired on the third overtime session, it was Falls City with the win, 48-43.
Luke Jimerson led the team in scoring with 13 points, followed by Gabe Jimerson with 9 points and Zach Jimerson with 7. The Jimerson boys also led the team in rebounding. Zach had eight rebounds, Luke had six, and Gabe added five more to the mix.
With the bi-district win under its belt, Falls City advanced to the area championship to take on Port Aransas. The Marlins gave the Beavers everything they could handle, though, and may have caught Falls City off guard. The Marlins jumped out with a hot hand in the first, scoring a whopping 31 points. Meanwhile, the Beavers were held to just 6 points in the first. Things got better for Falls City in the second, as the Beavers threw down 21 points, but Port Aransas scored 13, and held a 44-27 lead at the break.
The third period looked a lot like the first, as the Marlins came out hot, outscoring the Beavers 20-5 through eight minutes, and took a 64-32 lead into the final period of play. The Marlins continued to pressure the Beavers down the stretch, scoring another 22 points in the fourth, while holding Falls City to 12. As the final buzzer ended the game, the score stood at 86-44 in favor of Port Aransas, and the Marlins easily advanced to regional play.
Luke Jimerson once again led the Beavers’ scoring efforts with 10 points on the night, followed by Dean Gaskamp with 7 points, and Eric Wiatrek with another 5. Luke also led the team in rebounds with eight, while Dylan Cheatham pulled down six. Cheatham also had a pair of blocks.
The Beavers end their season with an overall record of 13-10. They were 7-3 through district play, finished second in the district, and added a bi-district championship to their season résumé.