RA Raiders Corral AR’s Mustangs
ARMSTRONG – The Raiders of Ruthven-Ayrshire got back on the winning track Tuesday night with a 54-37 victory over Armstrong-Ringsted in Cornbelt Conference boys basketball action.
The host Mustangs would start the scoring in the contest with an early bucket, but the Raiders would answer with five quick, unanswered buckets to take a 10-2 lead early in the game. An aggressive defense by the Raiders allowed them to work out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter of action.
In the second frame, however, Armstrong-Ringsted fought their way back into the contest. The Mustangs got shots to fall as the Raiders suddenly found their shooting touch had gone ice cold.
With 2:00 remaining in the first half, Armstrong-Ringsted had cut the Raiders’ lead to four, at 19-15. But as the half ticked down, the play on both ends of the floor became even more wild, with bodies flying everywhere from the hustle of both teams. But when the half ended, it was Ruthven-Ayrshire that held a 23-16 advantage at the intermission.
Armstrong-Ringsted started the second half a lot more hustle than they’d shown in the first half. In the meantime, the Raiders were getting caught flat-footed and out hustled. The Mustangs were able to cut their deficit down to three points, 27-24, late in the third quarter, but the Raiders responded to the threat and pulled back out to a six-point, 30-24 advantage at the end of the frame.
In the final quarter, the Raiders would resume their control of the game, as they made several trips down the floor and got second chance opportunities to score. The Mustangs would try to answer but the Raiders were able to take over on the boards and outscore Armstrong-Ringsted by a 24-13 margin in the quarter to take the 54-37 win.
For Ruthven-Ayrshire, Andy Rowlands had a strong outing, as he scored 21 points for the Raiders. Tyler Enderson added 10 points to the winning effort, while Ryan Sikora and Carl Jensen both scored six points each. Ryan Hoffman added four points to the effort, while Brad Geelan came away with three points. The scoring was rounded out by Cody Zielstra and Al Japenga, who both scored two points each.
After Tuesday’s win, the Raiders will wrap up this portion of the season on Friday night when they play host to Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka in conference action at Ruthven.