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Raiders Run Away From Knights In Win

By Staff | Feb 5, 2009

BEAT?THE?PRESS - Cody Dyhrkopp of Graettinger/Terril tries to dribble around Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Ryan Sikora in Tuesday’s loss to the Raiders.. -- Dan Voigt photo

RUTHVEN – In a battle of fierce rivals, the Ruthven-Ayrshire Raiders dominated the Knights of Graettinger-Terril in a Cornbelt Conference matchup Tuesday night. Coach Randy Hough’s Raiders cruised in the second half to take a 57-27 win over the Knights in the contest.

The Raiders would come out of the blocks hitting on all cylinders in the opening quarter, quickly jumping out to a 14-7 lead over the Knights, who struggled to get their offense on track in the quarter.

Holding the two-to-one advantage to start the second quarter, the Raiders suddenly went cold, as they began to struggle offensivley, while the Knights continued to struggle. Neither team could come up with any flow to their offenses in the second quarter, as both teams tallied just seven points each, but Ruthven-Ayrshire was able to maintain a 21-14 lead at the half time break as both teams adjourned to the locker rooms to try and regroup.

When the second half started, Ruthven-Ayrshire quickly put their shooting woes behind them. The Raiders came out and began putting the ball in the hoop, scoring 16 points in the quarter while their defense limited the Knights to nine points for a 37-23 lead to start the final quarter.

Ruthven-Ayrshire would continue to hit their shots as the Knights struggled to get any offensive continuity going in the last period, and Hough went to his bench in the closing minutes of the game to bring the reserves in for some playing time as the Raiders coasted to the 57-37 victory.

For the victorious Raiders, Al Japenga would pace the winning effort with 18 points, while Carl Jensen came away with 15 points. Ryan Sikora added 11 points to the effort, while Cody Zielstra came up with four points. Brad Geelan chipped in three points and Mark Geelan added two points for the final scoring of the evening.

Graettinger/Terril was led by the 11 point effort of Cody Dyhrkopp, while Beau Craig and Eric Hatland both scored six points in the loss. Cody Chapman and Jesse Nissen rounded out Graettinger/Terril’s scoring with two points each.

For the Raiders, a make-up game with Ventura is on the schedule for tonight (Thursday) at Ruthven, and Friday night will feature a home contest when North Sentral Kossuth visits.

Ruthven-Ayrshire will also host a special ceremony on Friday evening prior to the boys’ contest when they will officially retire the jersey of Loren Meyer, a Ruthven-Ayrshire prep standout who went on to play collegiate baseketball for Iowa State University before being drafted by the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. Meyer played for Dallas, as well as the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets in his pro career before retiring and returning to the local area.

The ceremonies are planned for around 8 p.m. on Friday night at RA?High School.

The Knights will play host to Twin River Valley on Friday night for a Cornbelt Conference matchup.