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Big shot, big free throws propel R-P boys

Tue, Dec 28th, 2010
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The meeting of 3-0 Rushford-Peterson and 2-2 Kingsland produced a competitive contest in Spring Valley Friday night. For much of the first half, R-P prescribed to its modus operandi on the season, the three point shot. The deep launches fell early on, giving the Trojans a lead. But late, the well went dry. Three's turned to turnovers. Kingsland went into the half leading 31-30.

The second half was closely competed. Kingsland led more often than not. But the game's victor was highly in doubt all the way up until the final minute. Then, with the score 56-56, R-P senior guard Ben Krambeer drove the lane and banked in a short lay-up. Down two, Kingsland failed to respond on its ensuing possession. They were forced to foul. R-P junior Nick Thompson calmly sank two free throws. Down four and with the clock ticking away, Kingsland looked doomed. But in a mad-dash scramble in the final ten seconds, Kingsland's Joey Strike found himself with the ball under the basket. He banked in a lay-up and was fouled. At that point, the Knights were only one offensive rebound and put back away from a tie and possibly overtime. They got neither. R-P escaped with a 61-58 victory.

For Tom Vix's club, Thompson led the way with 21 points (five three-pointers) and 11 rebounds. Krambeer added 13 and Trent Vix 11. For Paul Eckheart's club, Strike notched 16 including, four threes. Nate Vorwerk added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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