Basketball: Royal boys snag STMA in OT again, 68-65

R.J. Dean sank a game-winning 3-point shot at the buzzer in overtime as the Rogers Royals made it a two-game sweep of their arch-rival St. Michael-Albertville 68-65 on Friday night.


Trevor Morlock led with 22 points as the Royals closed their Mississippi 8 schedule with a 12-4 record.


STMA was dislodged from first place, leaving Buffalo as the champion once again with  a 14-2 mark. The Knights finished 13-3 with two of those losses to Rogers, both in overtime.


Rogers (17-8) will open at  Section 5AAA Thursday against Becker at home, 7 p.m.


Regulation ended 61-61 with Michael Mooney making the game-tying basket for STMA on the way to a game-high 27 points.


With Morlock scoring two field goals in overtime, the score was 65-65 with 30 seconds left. STMA had the ball, but they suffered a turnover.


Rogers went for one shot that was taken by Dean, a senior guard, who nailed it and finished with eight points.


Michael Schreiber scored 13 points, Josh Turnquist 10, Trevor Berkley 9, Dean 8 and Austin Barbeln 6 for Rogers.


The Royals made six 3-pointers in the first half and led 40-33.


For STMA, Jared Moran and Taylor Burslie added 13 points each and Bursley had 8 rebounds.

Rogers beat STMA by the same 68-65 score on the Knights’ court in January.

Final Mississippi 8 standings


Buffalo 14-2

STMA 13-3

Rogers 12-4

Zimmerman 9-7

Big Lake 8-8

Monticello 6-10

Cambridge-Isanti 5-11

Becker 4-12

Princeton 1-15


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