R-P boys win only game of the week

Sophomore Ben Wieser towers above Cardinal defenders to grab the rebound. The team totaled 30 rebounds for the night, 11 on offense alone. TCR/DAWN HAUGE
By : 
Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

The Rushford-Peterson boys’ basketball team had an unexpected night off last week, thanks to wintery weather. The Trojans were scheduled to head to Dover-Eyota for a conference game against the Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 22. but was postponed because of heavy snowfall. The rescheduled date is TBD. The Trojans did get to play their road game at Lewiston-Altura on Friday night and emerged with a TRC road win against the Cardinals. The Trojans are now 12-5 on the season (6-3 TRC).

R-P vs. L-A

Conference road games are never easy, and the Cardinals gave the Trojans all they could handle. R-P trailed by three points at the half (35-32), but the Trojans offense really got going in the second half, outscoring the Cardinals by 12 points (42-30) and pulling out a nine-point, 74-65 win.

Three Trojans finished in double figures. Luke O’Hare (23 points, 8 of 16 shooting), Landon Skalet (17 points, 4 assists), and Justin Ruberg had a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. While the three combined for 52 of the team’s 74 points (70% of total production), they also had help; Malachi Bunke had one of his best games of the year, finishing with nine points, and Vinnie Mason chipped in seven.

Senior guard Marcus Weaver and junior guard Gunnar Reed were a solid one-two punch in the L-A offense. Weaver led all scorers with 26 points and seven rebounds while Reed tossed in 17 points (2 treys) and grabbed seven rebounds. Thomas Menk added eight points and five rebounds.

The Trojans hit 24 of their 57 shots (42%) against L-A. Once again, the closer the team got to the basket, the better they shot. R-P did most of their damage from two-point range, going 19 of 35 inside the arc (54%). Free throws are critical in close games and the Trojans hit an impressive 21 of their 23 attempts to help them seal the win.

For more proof that the Trojan offense was clicking, the team finished with 15 assists on the night.

The team pulled down 30 rebounds, 11 on the offensive end. O’Hare grabbed five boards and Skalet added four. Defensively, the Trojans wound up with six steals (Trey Olson 2) while turning the ball over only eight times all game.


The Trojans were supposed to kick off a busy week at home in a big conference game against Fillmore Central on Tuesday, Jan. 29 but that game was postponed due to weather. R-P will stay at home to end the week on Friday, Feb. 1, against La Crescent-Hokah, a team the Trojans lost to 71-55 way back in the second game of the regular season. The team steps out of conference play for a challenging road game at Spring Grove on Monday, Feb. 4.