Johnnies dominate Tigers in last regular season game

By Victoria Dahlin

After the game scheduled at Onamia was canceled last week due to the heavy snowfall, the Rush City boys basketball team traveled and fell to St. John’s Prep 71-30 last Thursday in its last regular season game.

“It was a rough week for us,” said Coach Jeremy Albright. “We were looking forward to that (Onamia) game, both to help us with seeding in the playoffs, as well as the fact that we’ve split the first two games with them this year and were looking to win the third. We struggled against a big and very athletic team in St. John’s Prep. They were quicker, and every ball that was up for grabs in the air ended up in their hands. We shot very poorly from the floor again (23 percent compared to St. John’s 56 percent). That will have to get better if we want to move on in the playoffs.

“We are very young at the varsity level right now. If you look at our box scores you will see names that really should be on the C-team and JV level right now. We need to keep working hard and playing together and we will see improvement. We drew a tough (section) draw with Braham. They are ranked #1 in the state in Class AA, but due to a new formula for seeding playoff teams, they are ranked #2 in our subsection. So instead of playing Pine City, they are playing us. We will come out and work our tails off. If we can do that and compete the way I know we can, we won’t be disappointed.”

The Rush City boys basketball team ended its regular season fourth in the Great River Conference with a 8-7 conference and 8-13 overall record.

The #7 south section seeded Tigers will begin the Section 7AA Championship playoffs at Braham against the #2 seed Bombers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. The winner will face the victor of the #3 seed Moose Lake/Willow River versus #6 seed Aitkin game in the section quarterfinals at University of Minnesota (UMD) at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The section semifinal will be held at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 15, while the Section 7AA Championship will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at UMD.

RC boys basketball @ St. John’s Prep

Zach Melin (9th grade) 6 points; Isaac Johnson (senior) 6 points, 3 rebounds; Dalton Folkema (junior) 5 points; Dylan Fessenden (9th grade) 3 points, 2 rebounds; Brandon Koehnle (sophomore) 3 points; Alex Enns (junior) 3 points; Josh Gorman (9th grade) 2 points; Ryan Lind (sophomore) 2 points, 6 rebounds

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