RSM boys move to 10-0 with two more wins

Thursday, January 11, 2018

REMSEN/PAULLINA — The Remsen St. Mary’s boys basketball team improved its record to 10-0 with wins on Thursday, January 4, 2018, and Friday, January 5, 2018.

The RSM boys got off to a hot start in the first quarter on Thursday, outscoring Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 16-2 in the frame en route to a 54-37 win.

Nicholas Ruden led the team in scoring with 18 points and came down with nine rebounds.

Derrick Schorg finished with a double-double, scoring a dozen points and grabbing 10 boards.

Spencer Schorg also scored 12 points as he topped the team with four assists.

RSM shot 36 percent from the floor, hindered by a 2-for-16 night from beyond the arc. The overall field goal percentage was well below the 47 percent the team typically shoots. RSM was also held to its second-fewest points of the season.

It didn’t get much easier on Friday as the team travelled to play South O’Brien. While the Hawks won the first meeting by 11, RSM Head Coach Scott Ruden said he knew the rematch would be even closer.

“Anytime when you have a coach as good as Coach Yates and he’s got a week to prepare for us and playing on their home court, I knew it was going to be a battle,” Ruden said.

That prediction played out as the Hawks needed overtime to keep their perfect season intact, winning 53-47. RSM trailed by six points with three minutes left, but fought back to tie the score at 44 apiece to force overtime. There the team outscored the Wolverines 9-3 to get the win.

With the South O’Brien defense shutting down the team’s leading scorers, others had to step up in the game according to Ruden.

“They took Nicholas out of the game, but I was just proud of the other kids,” Ruden said. “That’s what I hope we’re capable of, that we have enough players that are skilled enough that if they take one of my players out, the other guys step up and that’s what we had tonight.”

Brody Ricke led the team with 15 points and tied Carter Kuchel for the most steals with four.

Derrick Schorg finished with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and three each of assists and blocks.

Spencer Schorg was held to seven points with five of those coming at the free-throw line as he hit several key free throws in the final minutes.

Nicholas Ruden led the team with seven rebounds, but was limited to just four shots all night, finishing with six points.

The Hawks next host Hinton on Tuesday, January 9. The team defeated the Blackhawks by a 65-46 score earlier in the season.

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