BOYS BASKETBALL: Wolverines stun Knights at buzzer

MONTEVIDEO – Russell-Tyler-Ruthon senior Brett Peterson eclipsed the 2,000-point mark Saturday night. He was already the leading scorer in the Knights history. He’s the reigning Marshall Independent Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

He and the rest of his teammates would trade all of that in to have 9.1 seconds back.

That was the amount of time remaining on the clock when MACCRAY’s Carter Asche hit a deep-three pointer off an out-of-bounds play as time expired, giving the Wolverines a 56-55 victory over the Knights in the quaterfinals of the Class A Boys Basketball Section 3 Tournament Saturday.

The Wolverines and Knights each called a timeout following a Peterson blocked shot the play before. This is when the controlled coaching chess match turned into freelance chaos.

“We had about three different play changes between the two timeouts,” Asche said. “That wasn’t even a set play. The ball got out to our point guard and we swung it around and I was able to hit it from about the volleyball line. We had practiced a couple plays like that in practice the other day, but that was just a lucky prayer shot.”

Asche finished as the second-leading scorer for the Wolverines, bested only by Brady Boike’s 20 points and the game-winning shot was just one of two three pointers Asche had all game. He had missed his last four three-point attempts leading up to that shot.

Tyler Moffenbier also had a solid night for MACCRAY with 11 points.

Coach Tyler Anderson’s Wolverines had been in close games before, but this is the one they will add to the top of the heap.

He felt it was hustle plays that made a difference in the game, especially in the final four minutes when the Knights were trying to deliver their knockout blow.

“The kids kept playing together at the end and made some big plays,” Anderson said. “We were fortunate to come out on top. We definitely could’ve hung our heads with about four minutes to go when things weren’t going so well, but we kept at it. There were three or four loose balls in the final minutes that we were able to get and that made the difference at the end.”

Peterson put in a Herculean effort on the night, scoring a game-high 28 points while tallying nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

Dain LaRock finished as the second leading scorer with 11 to go with nine from Brett Vercruysse.

Peterson spoke after the game and acknowledged that he learned a valuable lesson from this loss and he hopes his teammates will take the same message away that he did.

“You can’t take anything for granted,” Peterson said. “To be a successful program, you have to be willing to come and put the work in every day. There were times when we didn’t work as hard as we could have in practice. I think that translated onto the court at times. I know my teammates will come back next season determined and ready. The off-season starts tomorrow.”

The Knights, who came in as the No.4 seed in the north side of the 3A bracket, finish the season with a record of 14-10 and were 11-6 in conference play.

While the locker room was somber at the end of the night for RTR, coach Ted Kern was able to share an all important message with his players.

“I just told them that these are the way things go sometimes,” Kern said. “Brett played that shot as well as he possibly could have. He had great defensive position and Asche hit the shot. That’s the way it goes. They’ll realize that if this is the worst thing that ever happens to them, they are going to have a pretty happy life.”




At Montevideo


MACCRAY (11-15 OVERALL): Jacob Aviles 2 0-0 4, Jackson Grussing 0 0-0 0, Brady Madsen 1 0-0 2, Dean Schroeder 0 0-0 0, Tyler Moffenbier 4 0-0 11, Chase Christenson 0 0-0 0, Andrew Schultz 0 0-0 0, Dalton Ruiter 0 0-0 0, Carter Asche 5 3-4 19, Connor Cronen 0 0-0 0, Bailey Boike 8 4-7 20. TOTALS: 20 7-11 (63%) 56.

RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON (14-10 OVERALL): Dain LaRock 0 0-0 0, Brett Knudsen 1 3-4 11, Jerry Wichern 0 0-0 0, Kevin Andersen 0 0-0 0, Brett Peterson 5 0-0 28, Hunter Burns 0 0-0 0, Jesse Jasper 0 0-0 0, Frankie Gecevic 1 0-0 5, Isaiah DeRuyter 0 2-4 4, Christian Johnson 0 0-0 0, Brett Vercruysse 3 0-0 9. TOTALS: 10 5-6 (83%) 55.

HALFTIME: MACCRAY 23, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 24. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: MACCRAY 3 (Asche 2, Moffenbier 1); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 10 (Peterson 6, Knudson 2, Gecevic 1, Vercruysse 1). REBOUNDS: MACCRAY 23 (Boike 5); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 21 (Peterson 9). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): MACCRAY 6 (none); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 11 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: MACCRAY 6 (Not Reported); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 13 (Knudson 5). STEALS: MACCRAY 7 (Aviles 2); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 7 (Peterson 3). BLOCKED SHOTS: MACCRAY 3 (Boike 2); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 3 (Peterson 2). TURNOVERS: MACCRAY 7; Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 9.