It was a 2-0 week for R-P boys basketball. Tom Vix’s group first handled FC. After an early feeling out period, R-P dissected the Falcons’ 1-3-1 zone, scoring on 12 of 14 possessions. They led 35-17 at half. FC had an early second half six-possession scoring streak, but R-P had three threes to reply. The Falcons kept it mostly in the teens, but R-P prevailed 60-48. Ben Ansell (14 pts, 5-8 FGs, 4-5 FTs) was efficient to lead the Trojans. Landon Skalet (13 pts, 3-8 threes, 8 assists) ran the R-P “O.” Payton Hahn also hit double-digits (10 pts). Freshmen Luke O’Hare (8 pts, 4-6 FGS, 3 rebs, 3 assists) and Kobe Lind (8 pts, 3-6 FGs, 4 rebs) scored 16 off the bench (all in the first half). Luke Ristau (10 pts, 5-7 FGs) led FC. Josh Peters (9 pts, 3-6 threes) and Matt Lutes (8 pts, 2-3 threes) did damage from deep. The Trojans then hosted #3 in Class AA Caledonia, a big TRC rivalry game. The Warriors entered having won the last five in the series (by 25.6 PPG), but devoid of leading scorer (South Dakota State signee) Owen King (broken nose). R-P overcame a 28-20 halftime deficit to hand the Warriors their third loss of the year, 53-50. Ansell led the way with 21 points (10-16 FGs). Hahn (10 pts) was the only other Trojan in double figures. Jake Paulson (9 pts, 5 assists, 5 stls) and Dawson Dahl (8 rebs, 4-6 FTs, 7 rebs) did work. Marten Morem (12 pts) was the only Warrior in double figures. R-P (8-5, 15-5), for or a second time this year, has won six in a row.
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