Trojan boys start New Year with pair of wins

TCR/DAWN HAUGE R-P sophomore Kobe Lind goes up for the shot versus Randolph on Dec. 28. Lind managed to grab two of the team’s eight steals versus the Rockets.
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The Rushford-Peterson boys’ basketball team wrapped up 2018 with a non-conference loss at Randolph on Friday, Dec. 28. But the team rebounded by starting 2019 with two wins, the first a non-conference home victory over Hayfield on Thursday, Jan. 3. R-P wrapped up the week with a Three Rivers Conference win at Wabasha-Kellogg Friday, Jan 4. The Trojans have won five of their last six games to up their record to 7-4 overall (3-2 TRC).

R-P vs. Randolph

 Randolph’s hot first half turned out to be too much for R-P; the Trojans trailed by 19 (39-20) at halftime, and even though R-P outscored the Rockets 26-25 in the second half they couldn’t  close the gap and lost by 18 (64-46) in the final game of 2018.

The Trojans were very efficient on offense but couldn’t generate enough shots to keep up with Randolph’s first-half outburst. R-P shooters hit almost half their shots from two-point range (13 of 27, 48%) and hit five for 15 from outside the arc. R-P also hit just five of ten free throws.

Landon Skalet led R-P with 11 points and three assists. Luke O’Hare, who came in leading the team in scoring through eight games (16 points per game), was held to just 10 points while grabbing six rebounds and three steals. Trey Olson added eight points, including two of five on three-point attempts, and Vinnie Mason scored six points.

Rebounding was a struggle against the Rockets, with the Trojans grabbing a total of just 14 rebounds in the game (4 offensive). The team did come away with eight steals, with two each from Skalet and Kobe Lind.

R-P continued taking good care of the basketball, finishing with just nine turnovers against the Randolph defense.

R-P vs. Hayfield

Good defense and efficient offense were once again the story in a homecourt win over Hayfield. The Trojans shot 47 percent from the field and held the Vikings to 11 points in the first half while on the way to a 33-point win. R-P was up 31-11 at halftime and outscored Hayfield by 13 points in the second half (34-21) to grab the 65-32 victory.

R-P nearly put four players in double figures against Hayfield. Skalet had his highest-scoring game of the season, leading the team with 20 points and dishing out a team-best six assists (3 rebounds, 1 steal). Vinnie Mason was only two rebounds from getting a double-double, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds. Lind added 10 points and three rebounds. Luke O’Hare added eight points and tied Skalet with a team-high six assists. Trey Olson also scored eight points. The Trojans hit nine of ten free throws on the night.

R-P also doubled their rebounding output from the loss against Randolph, pulling down a total of 30 rebounds (14 against the Rockets). Justin Ruberg was the top Trojan, grabbing 10 rebounds while scoring four points.

Defensively, the Trojans finished with nine steals, with two each coming from Olson and Mason. R-P only had nine turnovers against the Vikings’ defense.

R-P vs. W-K

The Trojans assembled another great first-half effort, jumping out to a 31-point lead at the break (43-12). While that cushion took a lot of the suspense out of the game, the Falcons did outscore R-P by eight points in the second half (26-18). Still, the outcome was never in doubt, and the Trojans won the TRC game by 23 points, 61-38.

Once again, the Trojans were efficient on offense, hitting 21 of their 50 shots. They scored equally well outside the arc (9 of 23 on threes, a very solid 39%) and closer to the basket (12 of 27 on twos, 44 %). R-P also went 10 of 15 at the free throw line.

Trojan rebounders pulled down pulled 32 boards, with 12 of the 15 players on the roster credited with at least one rebound. Vinnie Mason was the top Trojan on the glass with five rebounds. R-P also gave themselves several second-chance scoring opportunities by grabbing 15 offensive rebounds.

O’Hare led the Trojans with five of the team’s 15 assists while Malachi Bunke chipped in three. O’Hare also topped the team with four of its 11 steals, with Triton Meldahl adding 3 swipes. Once again, the Trojans took good care of the ball, winding up with just 10 turnovers.


R-P already kicked off the week with a non-conference home game against Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Trojans also play at home on Friday night, Jan. 11, against conference foe Southland. They have a tough road game to kick off next week when the team travels to St. Charles on Tuesday, Jan. 15.