By Victoria Dahlin—
Even though the basketball team put up a tough fight at home, the Rush City boys fell to #1 state-ranked Braham before making the long trip to Aitkin for a second loss last week.
A gymnasium full of supporters cheered on the Tigers as they took on the rival Bombers, and Rush City was looking good in the first half. The game was fun to watch as the Rush City defense, especially in the half court, kept Braham from taking over the game.
After the break the Bombers showed why they are ranked at the top as they took over for the 75-41 win.
Alex Scheffer led the Tigers with nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. Lucas Grimes netted eight points, and Isaac Johnson added seven points.
“I was happy with the fact that considering we were facing the #1 ranked team in the state, we were only down four points with two minutes to go in the first half,” said Coach Jeremy Albright. “I wish I had good news to report about the second half, but Braham went on a run that was a result of some turnovers and some shots that were too early in the possession. Overall even though I hate losing, I was happy with our performance. We did some things defensively that hopefully we can build on.”
Last Friday the team fell to Aitkin 52-31 with Scheffer leading the team in scoring with 15 points.
“This was not a game for the faint of stomach,” said Coach Albright. “Our shooting percentages were about as cold as the temperatures outside. Aitkin shot 42 percent for the game, and we shot 18 percent. In the second half we only shot 10 percent. Part of that was probably an off shooting night for our boys, but part of that can also be shot selection. I’d like to say the reason for our struggles (all three teams lost) was the long trip up there, but we have really played well in the past when we have traveled to Aitkin. So I don’t think that is it. Even though we only gave up 52 points, I think all of the boys know that we can do so much better defensively. As far as the offense goes, we will work on some things that will hopefully improve our shooting percentage and our offense in general. We would love it if we could get a lot of Tigers fans to come to the game and cheer us on!”
The Rush City boys basketball team has a 4-3 Great River Conference and 4-7 overall record. The Tigers will host the Onamia Panthers (5-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, before traveling to Ogilvie to face the 3-6 Lions at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.