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Area boys teams hit the court

By Staff | Dec 6, 2013

Area boys basketball teams are working out the kinks in their first week of regular season play. The Rugby and TGU teams will finish their three-game slates at CNDC tournament today at Rugby High School.

Inclement weather canceled the Panthers’ season-opener against Langdon Area on Tuesday. The Titans traveled to Minot that night and fell in their season opener, a 63-54 loss at Our Redeemer’s Christian School.

“We learned a lot,” first-year TGU coach Michael Corum said. “We’re a new team that has a lot of changes and this game really helped give us a good foundation to see where we’re at and where we need to be. So it’s really beneficial.”

RHS coach Mike Santjer said his boys were itching to play after being delayed two more days before finally seeing an opponent other than themselves in practice. The season opened Thursday for the Panthers in a first-round game against Rolla.

“We’ve played against our guys and we’ve played against Minot High (in a scrimmage), but I expect some things that we may have to look at and change as we go through,” Santjer said. “It’d be a great tournament to come out and win, but if we don’t there’s bigger things at the end of the season too.”

RHS is the two-time defending champs in the CNDC. The scrimmage against the Class A Magicians proved a good tune-up before the season.

“We did some things really well, but their pressure got to us a little bit,” Santjer said. “They’re a lot deeper, so when we went eight guys they were going 12 to 13 guys deep, so they wore us down a little bit at the end, but for the most part it was pretty good.”

Rolette-Wolford coach Jason Heinz is preparing for a season with a small, but athletic roster of two seniors and four juniors.

“We have a tough, tough schedule,” Heinz said. “I’m not sure what the record will really show, but if we can be competitive and push those teams we’ll be all right. I’m a little concerned about our size, how our rebounding can do. Athleticism-wise, I’m not too worried about it.”

The Comets opened their season Thursday against Lakota at the Devils Lake tournament.

Benson County coach Scott Lindgren is eager to see what his young team is capable of.

“We don’t have a ton of experience coming back from last year, but quite a bit of young talent,” Lindgren said. “We think we can be really competitive in each game we play and our goal is to keep making the region tournament.”

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