R-P tops PEM for back-to-back home wins


TCR/DAWN HAUGE The Trojans were led by Landon Skalet who finished with 19 points and a team-high six assists and one steal
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CHAD SMITH
NEWS LEADER

After starting the week with a non-conference win over Kingsland in the R-P gym Dec. 18, the Trojans stayed at home for a Friday night conference tilt with Plainview-Elgin-Millville (PEM). R-P shot the lights out to grab a 65-44 win over the Bulldogs. The Trojans are 5-3 overall (2-2 TRC).

R-P vs. PEM

There’s efficiency on the basketball court and then there’s the R-P boys’ basketball team on Friday night. Almost six of every 10 Trojans shots went in the basket in their win over PEM.  The first half was another key to the Trojans win as they went into the halftime break up by 11 points (34-23). While the second half was much more competitive (31-30 in favor of PEM), the Trojans held on to win the game by double digits.

R-P hit 26 of their 48 shots (56%) from the field, doing quite a bit of damage down low. The team was spectacular from two-point range, dropping in 22 of 35 shots (63%). However, the long-range shooting kept the Bulldogs’ defense from being able to collapse down low under the basket. R-P hit five of 13 shots from outside (a solid 39%).

Four Trojans wound up in double figures, led by 19 points from Landon Skalet, who also finished with a team-high six assists and one steal. Kobe Lind added 13 points on six of 12 shooting (6 assists, 3 steals). Vinnie Mason added 10 points and a team-best six rebounds while Ben Wieser added another 10 points and three boards.

The only place R-P didn’t shoot well was the free throw line, going just five for 10 at the line.

The Trojans didn’t pull down a lot of rebounds, finishing with just 22 in the game, but that may have more to do with missing only four of every ten shots they took.

Defensively, the Trojans had seven steals while turning the ball over only 11 times against PEM.

Schedule

R-P played a non-conference game at Randolph on Friday night, Dec. 28, in their last game of 2018. The Trojans are back at it on Thursday, Jan. 3, at home against Hayfield. They hit the road the next night, traveling to Wabasha-Kellogg. 

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