Rebels Season Comes to a Close
For the second time in less than two weeks, the Rebel boys were taking on the third ranked team in state, the RTR Knights. This time though, the season would be on the line. The winner would advance to the sub-section championship while the loser would call it a year. During the first meeting of the year, the Rebels showed that they could play with the high powered Knights, keeping it within single digits much of the game and hold them to their second lowest point total of the season. A big key to the game would be taking care of the ball as RTR likes to put pressure on teams, forcing turnovers to create their offense.
It would be the Rebels that would take the early lead, jumping out to a 5-0 advantage. As they have done all season, the Knights would turn up the defensive pressure, forcing the Rebels into some bad decisions with passing. Half way through the first half, RTR would hold a slight 11-10 lead. A series of runs for the Knights, initiated by steals and offensive rebounds, would give them a commanding 37-22 halftime lead.
The Rebels would look to come out of the break, wanting to capitalized on the good offensive looks that they got in the first half but couldn’t convert. Unfortunately, the Rebel starters struggled to find their offense groove in the second half going a combined 3/9 shooting. Though, the Knights would only outscore the Rebels 22-18, the first half deficit proved to be too much as RTR would go onto a 59-40 victory.
“I thought we had the right game plan, but we had too many turnovers and let them get too many offensive rebounds,” stated coach Tim Bobeldyk after the game. “We actually shot the ball better percentage wise compared to the Knights, they just got a lot more looks with steals and those rebounds. They are a strong aggressive team that takes advantage of getting teams into pressure situations. Hats off to them, they work hard and have earned every win.”
RTR coach Ted Kern had praise for the Rebels after their win, “They play a tough zone. We struggled offensively when we played them a week and a half ago and we did today also.”
Junior Nate Everson would lead the team in scoring, tallying 12 points. Senior Tyler Groves would score 8 points despite seeing many double and triple teams. He also would pull down an impressive 14 rebounds.
The Rebel season comes to a close with an overall record of 16-9 and 11-5 in the Red Rock Conference (4th place). Playing their final game in purple and white would be seniors Tyler Groves, Brandon Winter, and Zach Aanenson. Coach Bobeldyk had this to say about those seniors, “Those three young men are great role models for not only for the kids in the program but school community as a whole. They had positive attitudes, put the team first, and accepted whatever role was asked of them. With those attributes, they have a bright future ahead of them.”