Basketball: Royal boys trip Buffalo 65-56, stay in contention

The Rogers Royals stayed  contention for the Mississippi 8 title by toppling co-leader Buffalo 65-56 on the Bison court on Friday evening.

Michael Schreiber, the Royals 6-8 center, poured in 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 assists.

Rogers and Buffalo (who’ve split) are now 7-2 in the Mississippi 8, with St. Michael-Abertville leading at 8-1.

Josh Turnquist sank 13 points, all in the second half, for Rogers (15-6 overall). Austin Barbeln sniped for 12 points.  Chase Cleveland had all nine of his points in the first half, helping Rogers take a 29-25 lead.

Ethan Freer netted 15 points and Caleb Ruter 12 to lead Buffalo.

Next for Rogers is a game at Irondale on Tuesday.