Trojans boys drop one to Lancers

Landon Skalet drives to the basket.

Sophomore guard Luke O’ Hare goes up for a jump shot in R-P’s game vs. La Crescent last Friday. O’ Hare had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds versus the Lancers.
By : 
Chad Smith
Tri-County Record

The Rushford-Peterson boys’ basketball team lost a couple of games to the polar vortex last week before hosting La Crescent-Hokah Friday Feb. 1. While they mounted a comeback, a slow first half for R-P made it difficult to come back in the second and the Trojans dropped the game by 10 points. The loss put the Trojans at 12-6 on the season (6-4 TRC).

R-P vs. La Crescent/Hokah 62-72

L-H jumped out to quick lead on R-P, thanks to inconsistent shooting by the Trojans and the Lancers size advantage under the basket. While the Trojans were down by 14 at the half (33-19), R-P played a much better second half, outscoring the Lancers 43-49. However, the lead was too much to overcome and the Trojans dropped the game by 10 points 62-72. La Crescent-Hokah swept the season series with Rushford-Peterson after winning in early December 71-55.

The Trojans did a good job of sharing the load on offense. Justin Ruberg was the leader with 18 points (6 of 11 shooting) while grabbing four rebounds and two steals. Luke O’Hare had 12 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds. Landon Skalet also scored 12 points to add to his team-high four assists. Kobe Lind also hit double digits with 10 points.

The Trojans hit 43 percent of their shots, dropping in 23 of 53 attempts. Again, the team did most of its work closer to the basket, making 17 of their 37 shots from two-point range (45%). Eighteen points came from outside the arc on six for 16 shooting (a solid 37%). The team has improved its recent free-throw percentage, hitting 10 of their 13 attempts against the Lancers.

The size disadvantage showed in the rebounding statistics. The Trojans were limited to a total of 24 rebounds, only nine of which came on the offensive end of the floor. Thirteen of R-P’s 24 rebounds came from just two players (Ruberg, O’Hare).

The R-P defense came up with five steals against just eight turnovers of their own. Lind had the team’s only blocked shot.


The Trojans already started a busy week on Monday, winning a tough non-conference game at Spring Grove, Feb. 4. They played a rescheduled game from last week against Fillmore Central on Tuesday night, Feb. 5. R-P will end the week with a road game at Winona Cotter/Hope Lutheran on Friday, where they look to sweep the two-game series. Next week will find R-P jumping the Mississippi River to face Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau on Tuesday, Feb. 12.