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Dodge's Ben Kuehn attacks the basket against the defense of Sam Schlautman of Howells.

FBLJustin Sindelar scores in the post for Howells.

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Tyler Brester drives into the lane for Howells

Howells Hoosiers vs. Dodge Gamecocks

Championship game - Feb. 18, 2018, at Howells-Dodge HS, Howells

score by halves
1
2
F
Dodge (6-3)
39
34
73
Howells (7-1)
48
47
95

Summary:
The Howells dynasty added another Golden Tractor to the machines shed, beating the Dodge Gamcocks 95-73 in Sunday’s Farmland Basketball League championship game.

It is the third league title for the Howells Hoosiers in the past four years and fourth overall.

The early going was close, as Dodge took a 15-14 lead on an elbow jumper by Brian Tomasek, but the Hoosiers responded with a 10-0 run capped by Mike Bayer picking up a loose ball and taking it in for an uncontested layup with 10:27 left to go in the first half.

Dodge answered with six straight points, and a coast-to-coast drive by Bryan Ruzek brought the Gamecocks within 3 points.

Dodge, who struggled with outside shooting all night against the Hoosiers’ hounding defense, had three chances at 3-pointers that would have tied the game, but couldn’t connect.

Another transition layup by Ruzek made the score 31-30 in Howells’ favor, but then Sam Schlautman began to heat up for Howells. In the final four minutes before halftime, Schlautman knocked down four 3-pointers, including back-to-back treys within 7 seconds of each other.

The barrage boosted Howells to a 48-39 halftime lead.

The Hoosier lead hung around 12 points for much of the second half until 3’s by Justin Sindelar and Tyler Brester and a post bucket by Luke Hegemann opened up an 80-60 lead with 7:38 remaining.

Howells got a balanced scoring effort in the win, led by Schlautman’s 21 points and Hegemann’s 18.
Dodge, who was playing in their first Farmland championship game compared to Howells’ seventh, was led by Bryan Ruzek’s 36 points.

Howells

No.
Name
gp
pts.
0
Brady Brester 1
9
2
Bryon Janata 1
3
3 Tyler Brester 1 15
11
Luke Hegemann 1
18
12
Andrew Faltys 1
4
14 Justin Sindelar 1 17
20 Sam Schlautman 1 21
22 Mike Bayer 1 8
30 Tyler Schwartz 1 0

Technical- none

Dodge

No.
Name
gp
pts.
0 Brett Ortmeier 1 0
3 Aaron Schmidt 1 3
6 Bryan Ruzek 1 36
11 Matt Ulrich 1 0
23 Tommy Ruzek 1 2
24 Ben Kuehn 1 9
30 Russ Meyer 1 0
40 Kyle Franzluebbers 1 8
48 Brian Tomasek 1 8
50 Ben Franzluebbers 1 7
       

Technicals- none

FBLBryan Ruzek puts up a shot for the Dodge town team. He scored 36 points in Sunday's championship.
FBL
Luke Hegemann scoops up a shot for the Howells