Seelinger, Nickelson help carry Hornets to first win

MONTGOMERY CITY — Senior forwards Nick Seelinger and Jake Nickelson’s collective influence was evident in the Fulton Hornets’ first win of the season.

Seelinger and Nickelson delivered 17 points apiece Thursday and No. 3 seed Fulton blistered No. 7 Bowling Green 69-45 in the consolation semifinals of the Montgomery County Invitational Tournament.

The 6-foot-4 Seelinger posted a double-double by also pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds, while the 6-5 Nickelson grabbed nine rebounds.

Senior guard Burke Echelmeier also provided 10 points for the Hornets (1-1), who got on track after Tuesday night’s 47-44 first-round loss to No. 6 seed Clopton.

“We were able to establish our inside game,” Fulton head coach Marques Baldwin said of Thursday’s victory. “In the second half we had some easy transitional baskets and we showed the ability to finally close once we built a lead.”

Seelinger recorded his first career double-double in the loss to Clopton, registering 10 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Austin Moore topped the Hornets with 11 points and passed out six assists, while junior forward Jason Clincy and junior guard Randall Cole ended up with eight points apiece.

Fulton will face either No. 4 seed Warrenton or No. 8 Wellsville for fifth place at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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