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Senior Josh Broadus soars through the air on his way to the basket in a game against Southwest High School. The Bruins clobbered SWHS 78-35. Photo by Renata Williams.

Nice and easy: Basketball kicks off season with pair of blowout victories

Sophomore Justin Hajicek drives to the basket while being guarded by a Liberty North High School defender. Photo by Sury Rawat.
Sophomore Justin Hajicek drives to the basket while being guarded by a Liberty North High School defender. Photo by Sury Rawat.

In last weekend’s Norm Stewart Classic the RBHS basketball team (2-0) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

The Bruins opened the game against Liberty North High School (0-2) with an impressive 11-0 run behind a strong defensive effort that led to easy buckets at their end of the floor.

“We got a lot of pressure on their guards,” senior guard Ryan Kreklow said, “and sped them up and were able to get some turnovers out of them.”

The Bruins would wrap up the first quarter comfortably ahead 16-1, holding the Eagles to a mere free throw and no successful field goals.

Hajicek goes up strong for a basket. Photo by Sury Rawat.
Hajicek goes up strong for a basket. Photo by Sury Rawat.

The opening quarter set the tone for the final three as the Bruins extended their lead to 20 by halftime with a score of 27-7.

“We got confident and we started playing harder,” senior forward Eric Kuse said, “and then the other team crumbled a little bit, got a little scared which just led us to more easy baskets.”

After the third quarter the rout was in full swing as RBHS held a commanding 48-15 lead.

The fourth quarter began with a running clock and stayed that way until the end, as the Bruins put the game on cruise control with every player who dressed out entering the game for a final score of 52-23.

Kreklow lead the Bruins in scoring, netting 20 points behind a barrage of threes, senior Josh Broadus added another 10 and from the bench junior Tre Williams added eight.

“We had a lot of good looks, everybody rebounded, we got everybody in the game so we were able to play hard and mix well,” Kuse said. “We’re still getting used to our new people and Ryan was able to hit a lot of shots as well.”

After two relatively easy wins against Southwest High School and LNHS the Bruins prepare for a road test against Class Five opponent Holt High School.

Defense will be a key component of the Bruins’ game plan, as the team is looking for points in transition and points off turnovers as the offense gradually improves.

“We just have to keep playing our good, hard defense until we get the hang of each other on offense,” junior forward Karson Ringdahl said.

With two blowout wins already under the Bruins’ belts, the team is off to a good start and ready to take on the regular season.

“Obviously we expect to compete hard and do our best to win games,” Ringdahl said.

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