Tigers defeat Ogilvie, East Central
It was two successful showings on the road last week for the Rush City boys basketball team as they took on Ogilvie and East Central and beat both Great River Conference opponents.
During last Thursday’s games against the Lions, the Tigers left everything on the court on their way to a 79-45 win.
Eleven Tigers scored in the game, with five in double figures.
Junior Kyle Nelson led with 14 points and five rebounds, followed by junior Zach Melin with 13 points, four steals and three assists. Senior Ryan Lind posted a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds to accompany two steals, while junior Eric Erdman added 11 points.
Senior Brandon Koehnle earned 10 points, two steals and seven assists while ninth-grader Tyler Oscarson recorded eight pints, threes steals and four assists. Junior Dylan Fessenden added five points and seven rebounds.
Head coach Jeremy Albright said Nelson had a stellar game and has shown consistency in the second half of the season.
“Kyle Nelson probably played his best game of the year off the bench—he has been playing better since the Christmas break,” Albright said.
The next game, Rush City hit the road again to capture a win over East Central in another team effort.
Lind, having just recently returned from an ACL injury, recorded his second double double of the week to lead the Tigers with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“Ryan Lind had his second double double of the week— he and Brandon Koehnle really showed senior leadership out there on the floor,” Albright said.
Koehnle tallied 11 points, eight steals and four assists, while Fessenden recorded nine points and eight rebounds. Melin earned seven points and two steals while Oscarson put up seven points. Junior Cole Anderson contributed six points. Erdman added five points.
Albright said it was nice to see his squad’s hard work in practice translate to the court on gameday.
“I was happy to see some of the things we have been stressing finally shown on the floor,” Albright said. “It was nice to get back-to-back road conference wins on back-to-back nights.”
Rush City is now 6-10 overall and 5-6 in conference play. The Tigers sit fifth in the GRC with Braham leading the way at 11-0 and 16-2 overall.
Next, the Tigers travel to Aitkin for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday, Feb. 8.