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Ruthven-Ayrshire Boys Advance With Win Over G/T

By Staff | Feb 24, 2009

FACING?OFF - Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Ryan Sikora, left, plays some defense against Graettinger/Terril’s Beau Craig as he shoots during their Class 1A Tourney game last Thursday in Ruthven. The Raiders would win a 64-52 decision over the Knights to advance to district play tonight against Armstrong-Ringsted. --David Swartz photo

RUTHVEN – The tournament trail for the Ruthven-Ayrshire Raiders opened with a solid win over the Graettinger/Terril Knights on Thursday night. The Raiders would claim a 64-52 win over Graettinger/Terril to advance to tonight’s matchup with another Cornbelt Conference foe, Armstrong-Ringsted.

Ruthven-Ayrshire’s senior experience would pay off in the battle with the younger Knights in the contest.

Ruthven-Ayrshire started the game out with a 10-0 run on Graettinger/Terril before the Knights could find the bucket and ended the quarter trailing the Raiders by a 15-6 tally.

A pair of three-pointers to start the second quarter kept the momentum going with the Raiders, but the Knights managed to string together a 9-2 run at the end of the quarter to trail by six points, 29-23, at the intermission.

Both squads wold trade three pointers to start the second half, with Brad Geelan and Al Japenga both ripping the nets for the Raiders, while Eric Hatland would answer for the Knights. But Graettinger/Terril would be unable to get any closer than nine points in the third quarter, only to have Brad Geelan drain a three at the buzzer to put RA up by a 50-36 advantage to start the final quarter.

With the 14 point advantage in their favor, the Raiders held off a determined try by the Knights that would cut that lead to six points once again, Even though neither team found the bucket for the first couple of minutes in the final quarter, Ruthven Ayrshire would come up with the defensive plays they needed to make and added points when needed to go on and earn the tournament advancement with the 64-52 margin of victory.

For Coach Randy Hough’s Raiders, Brad Geelan led the scoring effort with 15 points, while Ryan Sikora chipped in 12 points and Cody Zielstra and Al Japenga both added 11 points to the coffers. Carl Jensen came up with eight points and Mark Geelan rounded out the effort with six points.

For Graettinger/Terril, Beau Craig led all scorers on the night with a 19 point efforts, while Cody Chapman added 13 points. Colin Leiting added eight points and Eric Hatland scored seven points. Cody Dyhrkopp came up with three points and Jesse Nissen rounded out the effort with two points.

“We played a very good R-A team about as well as we could,” said G/T coach Brent Dyhrkopp. “They shot well from the outside and we did a great job of battling back and staying in the game.”

“This was a hard-fought game against a much improved Graettinger/Terril team,”?noted RA?Coach Randy Hough. “Once again the Raiders were led by very balanced scoring in this game.”