It didn't take long for Faribault Falcon senior Joe Palmer to collect his 11th point Friday night and reach 1,000 points for his career in a 81-78 win over the Northfield Raiders at Nomeland Gym.  Palmer had 20 points in the first half and finished with 30 for the game without having a field goal in the second half.  The 6'4 senior was 10 for 10 from the free throw line in the second half.  He also grabbed crucial rebounds down the stretch.

Take nothing away from the Falcons win but Northfield was coming off a double overtime win at Rochester Mayo Thursday night and appeared to run out of gas down the stretch.  Faribault had a double digit lead early.  Northfield came back to take a 34-30 halftime lead.  The Raiders punched their lead to double digits in the second half before the Falcons got multiple people involved in the offense and took the lead 64-63 with 4:42 to go in the game

Faribault had 11 three point baskets in the game while Northfield had 6.  Five different Falcons hit buckets from deep.  Northfield senior 6'7 Mason Zick tallied 31 points a night after pouring in 38 in Rochester.  The Raiders also got contributions from senior 5'10 Blake Christensen with 14 points, sophomore  6'3  Kip Schetnan and senior, 6'5 Mitch    Stanchina with 13 points each.

The Falcons had 14 points from junior Abdi Abdullahi and 13 points from sophomore Nick Ehlers.  Faribault was 24 of 28 at the free throw line and the Raiders were 21 of 33.

In other boys basketball Friday:

  • Waterville-Elysian-Morristown 56  Bethlehem Academy 54
  • Albert Lea 63  Rochester Mayo 62
  • Austin 79  Rochester Century 57
  • Rochester John Marshall 63  Owatonna 48  (Matthew Hurt had 25 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists)
  • Kasson-Mantorville 76  Kenyon-Wanamingo 50
  • Lake City 84  Triton 53
  • Pine Island 93  Houston 63
  • Randolph 70  Leroy-Ostrander 57
  • Byron 55  Goodhue 39
  • Hayfield 63  Maple River 55
  • Rushford-Peterson 71  Fillmore Central 45
  • Chatfield 85  St. Charles 79
  • Dover-Eyota 63  Southland 44
  • Spring Grove 74  Lanesboro 39
  • Scaheffer Academy 56  Grand Meadow 52
  • Plainview-Elgin-Millville 92  Wabasha-Kellogg 55
  • Kingsland 66  Mabel-Canton 51