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Agates comeback falls short against Broncos

Two Harbors sophomore Jayden Ruberg scored 33 points and led a furious comeback that fell just short in the Agates' 68-62 loss to International Falls March 9 in the opening round of the Section 7AA tournament.

The Agates offense was missing in the first half, only producing 19 points in the first 18 minutes and Two Harbors fell behind by 18 points headed into the break.

The second half was a different story, with the Agates coming out of the locker room on a mission to extend their season into the Section 7AA quarterfinals. Two Harbors scored 43 points in the second half and got itself out of the offensive slump the team has been mired in through most of February.

Senior Ian Johnson finished his final game for the Agates with 13 points. Other scorers included Brian Dugger with six points and Alex Oling and Karter Kinn with five each.

Two Harbors (6-21) doubled its win total from a year ago and started the season 5-4, a stretch that included a trip to the finals of the Eveleth-Gilbert holiday tournament in December. Following a win Jan. 6 over Cook County, however, the Agates won just one of their final 18 games.

Unlike last year, Two Harbors remained competitive throughout most of the season until the scoring slump the final month of the season resulted in a few blowout losses.

The Agates will lose 10 seniors off this year's squad, but Ruberg looks to continue to develop his game over the summer and step into a true leadership role next winter. In addition, players that didn't get a ton of minutes this season and others coming up from the junior varsity squad will have to contribute immediately if Two Harbors wants to improve on its win total for next season.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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