RC boys split two, defense gets win

By Victoria Dahlin—

After losing to second best in the conference Hinckley-Finlayson, the Rush City boys basketball team defeated Onamia to break a three game losing streak.

In their losing effort, the Tigers shot only 27 percent when they were tamed by the Jaguars who won 65-41 on their home court.

“A rough night for the Tigers,” said Coach Jeremy Albright. “We struggled with turnovers and shot the ball poorly. The intensity was there on defense, and the boys worked hard. But we need to find a rhythm on offense that wasn’t there versus Hinckley-Finlayson. We lost Matt Mallinger with an arm injury for the entire second half. We missed him inside both on offense and defense.”

The Tigers turned things around on Friday when Onamia came to Rush City and were sent home with a 62-54 loss.

“Our defense won this game for us,” said Coach Albright. “We got off to a good start defensively and were able to score early as well. Landon Otterness was a huge presence for us defensively versus Onamia’s big posts. Being shorthanded inside we are looking for exactly that from him. Alex Enns was an absolute spark for us in this game. He ended up being our second leading scorer and really hustled on defense. Alex Scheffer led us in scoring again, and I was really proud of his efforts taking the ball to the basket. I was even more proud of him stepping up and taking a role on defense that we were missing with our injuries.”

The Tigers have a 5-4 Great River Conference and 5-8 overall record. The boys will host the Isle Huskies (10-4) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, before hosting the Pine City Dragons (2-14) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6.

RC vs. Hinckley-Finlayson

Isaac Johnson 8 points

Lucas Grimes 8 points, 6 rebounds

Landon Otterness 7 points, 7 rebounds

vs. Onamia

Alex Scheffer 18 points, 3 assists, 5 steals

Alex Enns 11 points, 3 steals

Isaac Johnson 9 points

Lucas Grimes 8 points, 4 assists

Landon Otterness 5 points, 5 rebounds, 8 blocks

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