GRAETTINGER - The Titan boys basketball team of Graettinger-Terril/ Ruthven-Ayrshire earned a split in games last Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the Titans defeated River Valley by a 72-63 tally.
The Titans got out to a 13-11 lead after one quarter and expanded their lead to a 37-25 margin at the break. GT/RA's lead would grow to a 53-45 margin after three quarters before taking the win with the 72-63 final margin of victory.
For the Titans, Connor Sturgill would lead the offense with 17 points and eight rebounds. Noah Stukey added 14 points and five rebounds, while Lane Reiman came away with 12 points, as did Andy Geelan.
Mason McGrauth chipped in nine points, with Cole Hagedorn scoring three, Taylor Enderson and Nick Josephson both scoring two points and Jared Sikora adding a free throw.
Saturday, Dec. 7, the Titans would fall in a see-saw battle at Estherville Lincoln Central by a 77-72 final score.
"Once again, we played a fast-paced game, and we were able to play the entire bench,"?noted Head Coach Randy Hough. "I was very pleased with our second five and the way they came off the bench and worked as a unit on the court.'
The Titans trailed 16-11 after one quarter and 28-38 at the half. GT/RA faced a 45-58 deficit to start the fourth quarter before rallying to cut the deficit to the 77-72 final tally.
Connor Sturgill racked up a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Andy Geelan added 16 points. Noah Stukey had 15 points and Taylor Enderson chipped in 10 points. Mason McGrauth scored seven points, with Lane Reiman adding five points and Jared Sikora scoring two points.
"We let Estherville's press bother us early in the game, and that along with poor rebounding put us in a big hole,"?noted GT/RA?Head Coach Randy Hough. "The second half, we were able to use our half-court press to get back into the game. We cut the lead to a point but couldn't get any closer."
"I was happy with the hustle and determination that the boys showed after they had gotten so far behind," Coach Hough added.