TYLER - It didn't take long for Rusell-Tyler-Ruthton's Brett Peterson to break the school's all-time scoring record, as he produced the first three points of the game en route to a 29-point performance.
It was a performance, in the end, however, that came up a little short. The Blackjacks, the No. 4 ranked team in Class A, were able to outlast the Knights with a 61-55 victory.
The teams traded leads in the final 2 minutes of the game, but 3-pointers by Peterson and junior guard Brett Knudson clanged off the rim, allowing the Blackjacks to put the game away late at the free-throw line.
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Dawson-Boyd’s Zach Stratmoen attempts to pass to teammate Michael Lee as Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s Hunter Burns defends during a Camden Conference game Thursday in Tyler.
Making the shots from the line in clutch time was one of the main components in allowing D-B to hold on for the win.
"When you grab the lead, you have to take care of the basketball and knock down your free throws," Dawson-Boyd coach Cory Larson said. "Also, when you have a kid that can create a lot of shots for him and his teammates, like Peterson, I think the way we defended down the stretch was also key."
While the spotlight may have been on Peterson and breaking the record, D-B's Michael Lee put in an impressive performance with 26 points and three rebounds. He has been one of the main cogs turning the wheel in the Blackjack's undefeated season, thus far.
"That's typical stuff that I see every game," Larson said. "He's solid at both ends of the floor. He didn't have quite the second half that he did the first, but he didn't have as many opportunities in the second half. He kept us in the game the first half."
With Peterson's 29 point performance, he moves his career point total to 1,702, which puts his points per game average over the course of four seasons at just over 20 points per contest.
He came in just three points away from tying former record holder Todd Bouman's 1,675 career points.
Lee admitted that getting the record out of the way quickly was on his mind coming into the game.
"I didn't want my teammates trying to get me the ball the whole time and trying to get me the record," Peterson said. " I wanted to get it off my shoulders right away. I couldn't have done it without my teammates, my parents and my coaches, my family and friends. It was good to get it out of the way right away."
Basketball at the end of the night, however, is a team sport.
It is the loss that will stick with Peterson until they have a chance to get back on track the next game.
"It's a team effort," Peterson said. "Breaking the record is great, but we wanted this win. You just have to focus on our upcoming game and getting back on track."
The team feels there were a couple key markers that led to them taking the loss. Peterson felt the team wasn't patient enough on offense and was hoisting up too many shots from behind the arc instead of dumping the ball in the paint.
Size and experience also played a part in the Blackjacks win.
"They have a lot of guys who have been there before," R-T-R coach Ted Kern said. "They stepped up and made some shots for them down the stretch. I thought we defended them pretty well for the most part, but their athleticism hurt us down the stretch."
Jess Hansen and Joey Lee also had solid games with 14 and 11 points respectively for Dawson-Boyd while Brett Vercruysse and Brett Knudson chipped in 14 and 13 points for the Knights to compliment Peterson.
DAWSON-BOYD (13-0 OVERALL, 10-0 CAMDEN NORTH): Jess Hansen 1 0-0 14, Noah Stelter 2 2-2 6, Joey Lee 5 1-2 11, Kyler Collins 0 0-0 0, Michael Lee 10 3-5 26, Cody Aafedt 0 0-0 0, Zach Stratmoen 2 2-2 4. TOTALS: 20-46 (43%) 6-9 (66%) 61.
RUSSELL-TYLER-RUTHTON (10-4 OVERALL, 6-3 CAMDEN SOUTH): Brett Knudsen 1 2-2 13, Brett Peterson 6 6-8 29, Hunter Burns 0 0-0 0, Jesse Jasper 0 0-0 0, Frankie Gecevic 0 2-2 2, Isaiah DeRuyter 0 2-4 2, Christian Johnson 0 0-0 0, Brett Vercruysse 5 1-3 14. TOTALS: 12-37 (32%) 13-19 (68%) 55.
HALFTIME: Dawson-Boyd 31, Russell-Tyler-Ruthron 28. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Dawson-Boyd 5-20 (25%); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 6-15 (40%). REBOUNDS: Dawson-Boyd 29 (M. Lee 3); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 29 ( Deruyter 6). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Dawson-Boyd 8 (None); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 12 (None). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Dawson-Boyd 11 (J. Lee 8); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 6 (Deruyter 2, Peterson 2). STEALS: Dawson-Boyd 5 (J. Lee 3); Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 5 (Peterson 2). BLOCKED SHOTS: Dawson-Boyd 1 ; Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 3. TURNOVERS: Dawson-Boyd 8; Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 14.