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Basketball: Ruberg leads Agates to OT win

Two Harbors junior Jayden Ruberg scored 51 against Duluth Marshall points in a thrilling 84-80 overtime victory Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Duluth.

Two Harbors started the game hot, building a 10-point lead and scoring 43 first-half points on the Hilltoppers. The script flipped in the second half with Marshall holding the Agates to just 31 points in the second half and forcing overtime with 41 points of its own.

Sam Lohn scored 23 points and Ben Landherr added 22 to pace the Hilltoppers.

Ruberg's scoring outburst is a performance coach Bill Anderson has been waiting in his three years as head coach from the talented junior forward.

In addition to Ruberg, Carson Wenger had 15 points and Ricky Brenna had nine. Other scorers included Jeremy Carter with four points, Thatcher Sunday and Ryan Nowacki with two each and Aaron Elmquist with one.

The Agates fell to Cook County 63-60 in another tight contest Friday, Dec. 8, in Two Harbors. The Agates trailed by two points at halftime but had tied the game at 60 when Jordan Porter hit a 30-footer as time expired to win the game for the Vikings.

Porter finished the game with 20 points and Pete Sutton and Will Ramberg had 15 each for Cook County.

Wenger scored 17 points to lead Two Harbors, while Ruberg scored 11 and Sunday and Brenna scored 10 each. Other scorers for Two Harbors included Cameron Bugge with four points, Joey Marker and Elmquist with three each and Carter with two.

Two Harbors (1-2) will play Aitkin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in Two Harbors.

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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