Tiger boys battle out a split in hoops
The Rush City boys basketball team visited Moose Lake-Willow River and came away with a loss last week. The boys then hosted Onamia and sent the Panthers home defeated.
On Jan. 15 the team lost 73-62 to the Rebels.
“We knew that going up to Moose Lake-Willow River would be a physical game, and that’s what it turned out to be,” said coach Jeremy Albright. “The biggest difference in the game turned out to be on the boards, where MLWR out-rebounded us 48-23. We are usually a decent rebounding team, but tonight we weren’t.”
Albright added, “Garret Pearson led us tonight with a great overall game, including 37 points. Although it’s always disappointing to lose, I thought we battled hard in this game just like we have in our other games this year. I am proud of the kids for continuing to do so.”
Last Friday the Tigers had a 37-14 lead at the half and never looked back to earn a 61-39 victory over the Panthers.
“Onamia has one of their better teams in recent past this year, so we knew we would be in for a battle,” said Albright. “We were fortunate enough to come out in the first half with a lot of defensive pressure that led to points for us. They have some pretty good posts, so we wanted this to be more of an up tempo game, where we could take advantage of our quickness. I really liked how Garret Pearson and Matt Mallinger worked together versus Onamia. They set each other up very well. We had a lot of guys contribute in all phases of the game.”
Coach continued, “Thursday night home versus Braham is ‘White Out the Gym’ night. We are trying to raise money for Coaches versus Cancer. If you were unable to purchase a shirt from our fundraiser, go ahead and wear white that night to show your support.”
The Rush City boys basketball team is fourth in the Great River Conference and has a 5-2 conference and 6-5 overall record. The Tigers will host the Braham Bombers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 24, before traveling to Hinckley to face the Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.