Tri-City United hoops team drops two games

Jay Schneider

The Tri-City United boys basketball team was defeated twice last week, once in Minnesota River Conference action and once in a non-conference game.

Blue Earth Area (BEA) downed the Titans, 65-50 Tuesday, Feb. 14. Lester Prairie pulled out a 73-57 win Thursday, Feb. 16. The losses drop the Titans’s overall record to 9-13 and 3-8 in the conference.

In the loss to BEA, the Titans were outscored 41-30 in the second half of this non-conference game.

“We got many decent looks at the basket. but were not able to cash in often enough, shooting 17-of-53 from the field,” head coach John Rumpza said. “Much of this credit goes to Blue Earth’s ball pressure and contests on attempted shots from the Titans.”

Hank Holicky led the Titans with 12 points and four rebounds, and added two steals. His brother Luke Holicky scored 11 and grabbed two rebounds. Reggie Vosejpka scored five and snagged 11 boards. Nolan Readmond had eight points and three assists, and Connor Flintrop scored seven with two rebounds. Steve Odenthal scored five points and snuck out four steals and three rebounds. 

The Titans were not able to find their mojo in the first half, giving up 38 points to the Bulldogs, uncharacteristic of Tri-City United. The Bulldogs felt good going into the half, leading by nearly 20 points. The Titans came out swinging in the second half, cutting the lead to less than double digits at times in the second half. Ultimately, Lester Prairie was able to take control in the last couple minutes of the game after a hard fought second half. 

The Titans were able to grab 42 total rebounds... Pick up the Feb. 23 edition of the Montgomery Messenger to continue reading. Subscribe at


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