R-P offense shines in win over Kingsland


TCR/CRAIG JOHNSON Rushford-Peterson sophomore Luke O’Hare led the Trojans offensively, scoring 17 points versus Kingsland last week.
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CHAD SMITH
TRI-COUNTY RECORD

The Rushford-Peterson boys’ basketball team held serve on their home floor, beating Kingsland on Tuesday, Dec. 18, in a non-conference basketball matchup. The Trojans used a patient, ball-control offense to wear down the Knights and take control of the game in the second half. The victory boosts the R-P record to 4-3 (1-2 TRC).

R-P vs. Kingsland

The teams entered the game in similar situations. Both squads only brought back one starter from last season and were looking for new faces to step up to the varsity level.

R-P’s underclassmen didn’t disappoint.  After leading by just three at the break (29-26), the Trojans broke the game open in the second half, doubling the Knights’ offensive output (36-18) and winning the game by 21 points (65-44).

The Trojans nearly placed four players in double figures. Sophomore Luke O’Hare continued to lead the team offensively and was just one rebound from a double-double. O’Hare scored 17 points, pulled down nine boards, and dished out a team-best six assists. Sophomore Kobe Lind chipped in 14 points (4 of 7 on threes), and classmate Ben Wieser dropped in 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, while junior Vinnie Mason finished with eight points, five rebounds, and two assists.

R-P shot well against the Kingsland defense, both inside and outside the three-point line. The team finished 25 of 56 from the field (44%), and were solid from long-range, hitting nine of 22 outside the line (41%). While they didn’t get to the free throw line a lot, the Trojans didn’t miss, going six for six at the stripe.

The Trojans hit the glass hard at both ends of the floor. R-P grabbed 41 rebounds against Kingsland, including 15 on the offensive end. Justin Ruberg was a workhorse, leading the team with 11 rebounds (4 offensive) while contributing six points. Landon Skalet and Lind each grabbed four rebounds.

Offensively, the team moved the ball well, finishing with 17 assists. Mitch Ledebuhr and Skalet each had three helpers.

Defensively, R-P had five steals while committing only nine turnovers against the Kingsland defense.

Schedule

The Trojans played a road game on Friday, Dec. 21, at conference foe Plainview-Elgin-Millville. After a few days off for Christmas, they return home to play Randolph on Friday, Dec. 28. We’ll have all the results and statistics in upcoming issues of the Tri-County Record.

 

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