Boys basketball: Agates fall to Timberwolves

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The Two Harbors boys basketball team opened its season with an 83-35 loss to Ely on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Ely.

The Agates defense allowed too much dribble penetration and gave up too many easy baskets, according to coach Bill Anderson. Two Harbors also struggled in transition. Ely's Patrick Vanderbeek hit five 3-pointers in the first half and helped the Tiimberwolves jump out to a 49-22 halftime lead.

"My focus on tonight with the guys is that our defense was not good last night," Anderson said. "Our effort was not what it needed to be."

Agate junior Jayden Ruberg led the team with 11 points. Aaron Elmquist, Ricky Brenna, Aaron Elmquist and Jeremy Carter each had four points. Cameron Bugge and Carson Wenger had three each. Thatcher Sunday and Ben Henrickson scored two points each.

Anderson wasn't happy with his team's defense, but he was confident the Agates could right the ship and learn from their opener.

"We just have to do a better job that way and I know that we will and that we are capable of it," Anderson said. "It is just a matter of effort. You'll see a different effort on Friday for sure."

Two Harbors (0-1) will play Cook County at 4:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Two Harbors.