After being outshot 67-54 by Hinckley-Finlayson last week the Rush City boys basketball team crushed Ogilvie 63-33.
First, the Tigers went on the road to take on the second place conference rival Jaguars.
“The first half was not a good one for us,” said coach Jeremy Albright. “They came out of the gate shooting the ball very well (50 percent in the first half), and we were ice cold (15 percent in the first half). We were probably lucky to be only down by 18 at halftime. We were getting good shots — shots that we want, but they just weren’t falling.”
Albright continued, “We came out better in the second half. We got their lead down to five points but went on a dry spell and couldn’t get over the hump. Brandon Koehnle and Zach Melin had good offensive nights for us. Koehnle led the team in scoring with 18 points, followed by Garret Pearson with 13 and Melin with 11 points.”
On Friday, the Tigers hosted the Lions.
“We came out shooting the ball better against Ogilvie compared to earlier in the week,” Albright explained. “Lots of Tigers contributed in this game. We did a much better job of taking care of the ball. We’ve been concentrating on that in practice. Dalton Folkema had a good game off of the bench for us. Our defense was good at times. We can do better though. We had a couple of mental breakdowns that we can correct. Overall the boys worked hard.”
Pearson scored 20 points to lead the team, followed by Koehnle who netted 15 points.
The RC boys basketball team is tied for third in the Great River Conference and has a 6-4 conference and 7-7 overall record. The Tigers will host the St. John’s Prep Johnnies (8-7) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, before heading to Finlayson to face the East Central Eagles (1-14) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.