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Basketball: Agates fall to LCA, Barnum

Two Harbors junior Jayden Ruberg scored 26 points against Lakeview Christian Academy, but the Agates fell 73-64 and lost their fourth straight in the opening round of the Mesabi East Invitational on Wednesday, Dec. 27, in Aurora.

Two Harbors played well during most of the first half, fighting tooth and nail and leading 23-22 with three minutes to play before halftime. However, LCA went on an 11-2 run to end the half and took a 33-25 lead into the locker room.

Two Harbors came out of the half playing very well, outscoring LCA 31-16 over the first 11 minutes of the half, and the Agates led 56-49 with seven minutes to play. Again the Lions responded, and ended the game on a 24-7 run and took the victory.

In addition to Ruberg, Carson Wenger scored 15 points for Two Harbors and Ricky Brenna scored 12. Other scorers included Aaron Elmquist with three points and Joe Marker, Cameron Bugge, Jeremy Carter and Ryan Nowacki with two points each.

On Thursday, Dec. 21, Two Harbors again came out fighting in the first half against Barnum, trailing by just two with five minutes to play, but Barnum ended the half on a 10-0 run and continued to pour it on in the second half for an 83-50 win.

Ruberg scored 27 against the Bombers, giving him three-consecutive games withat least 26 points, but he was also the only Agate in double digits. Other scorers against Barnum included Marker with eight points, Brenna and Wenger with seven each and Bugge with one.

The Agates are also dealing with a number of injuries with point guard Thatcher Sunday hurting his ankle in practice and Bugge injuring his ankle early in the game against LCA.

Two Harbors (1-6) was scheduled to play Eveleth-Gilbert on Thursday, Dec. 28. Results weren't available before press time.

The Agates play Mesabi East on Friday, Dec. 29, at 2:45 p.m. in Aurora.

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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