The Rush City boys basketball team fell against Eden Valley-Watkins and Milaca at the St. John’s Christmas Tournament, but came back to defeat Onamia.
The Eagles defeated the Tigers 66-46.
“Although we came out a little sluggish after having no games for a week, we took a one point lead into the half,” coach Jeremy Albright said. “The second half was a struggle for us. We took some shots that we probably shouldn’t have, and of the shots that we should have taken, not many dropped for us.
He added,“We cut our turnovers down from previous games, but we shot 33 percent overall to their 42 percent. That percentage and the number of offensive rebounds that we gave up led to our downfall.”
The Milaca Wolves handed the Tigers a disappointing 49-45 loss.
“It was an ugly game for both teams,” Albright said. “That happened to us last year when we played these guys in this tournament, so maybe they like that style. “We did a better job preventing offensive rebounds in this game, but Milaca won this game from the free throw line. They made 14 out of 21 and we were only five for 10.”
To complete the trio of games, the Tigers took down the Panthers 58-48.
“After our sluggish start in our first two games in this tournament, we decided to up the pressure a little bit on defense to help us get going,” Albright said. “We were able to get off to a better start against Onamia and take a 10-point lead into halftime.”
The Tigers tried to keep the pedal down in the second half, but Onamia battled to the very end.
“In the second half we were able to get up by as much as 14, but we could never really put them away,” Albright said. “This is probably the best Onamia team since I’ve been a head coach. They have two tall posts that can give teams trouble.”
Garret Pearson led the way with another double-double in the game—27 points and 14 rebounds. Garret was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Rush City boys basketball team has a 2-2 Great River Conference and 3-4 overall record. The Tigers will travel to Aitkin to face the Gobblers at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4 before hosting the East Central Eagles at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8.