Rebel Boys drop two close Home contests against RTR and Lakewiew

By: Joel Herrig

Murray County News Sports

The Murray County Central boys basketball team had one of their busiest weeks of the season. They played three games in five days – Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. MCC had hopes of tacking on a few more wins to their record. Two of their opponents had recorded under .500 with RTR and HBC struggling this season and Lakeview being the third team MCC faced. Lakeview has a good record this season though they have struggled to win the past five games. However, once again the Rebels came up short.

MCC 38, RTR 39

Tuesday night the Rebels hosted Russell Tyler Ruthton in Slayton. The game was slow, deliberate, and would be decided at the very end. 

MCC got off to a good start with Tyler Winter notching ten first-half points. The Rebels looked good early on but MCC struggled late in the first half and the lead dwindled to three by the mid-point break 21-18. 

In the second half, the Rebels led the entire way but RTR tied the game twice during the final minutes. MCC led by four to eight points at times but missed chances to expand that to double digits. 

Aiden Wichmann a freshman for the Knights, knocked down three-point shots in the second half and Jonah Christiansen added eight points, all in the paint. 

With eight seconds left in the game, the Knights inbounded the ball and brought the ball up the floor. Wichmann got an open shot from the three-point line and banked it in for the go-ahead points leading 39-38  with two seconds left. MCC missed the halfcourt shot to win the game and the Knights went on to claim the victory. 

It was an even battle despite the Rebels leading maybe 34 of the 36 minutes of the game. 

Tyler Winter was the Rebels leading scorer with 17 while Blake Schmitz added 9.

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