Anoka-Ramsey upsets No. 1 RCTC

Rochester Community and Technical College, ranked No. 1 in the nation in Division III men's junior college basketball, closed its regular season with a 73-64 home loss to Anoka-Ramsey on Saturday.

The loss was just the second of the season for the Yellowjackets, who will enter postseason play 25-2. The setback also cost RCTC sole possession of a Southern Division title in the MCAC. RCTC and Central Lakes both finish league play 10-2.

"Overall it was a disappointing way to end the year," RCTC coach Brian LaPlante said.

Trey Scott, who averages 22 points a game, poured in 34 points to lead Anoka-Ramsey to victory.

"He was at times tough to guard," LaPlante said. "(He) single handily almost willed them to win."


Freshman Aristede Bratchett led RCTC with 13 points while Al Tillman added 11 points and five assists. Chaz Sharp had 10 points and 6-foot-8 center Joe Beck collected 12 rebounds.

A-R led 34-33 at the half and then for three points much of the second half. The visitors pulled away in the closing minutes.

Anoka-Ramsey sat back in a 2-3 zone and RCTC was unable to hit outside shots to force a defensive switch. The Yellowjackets shot just 32 percent (23-for-71) overall and were 3-for-21 from three-point range.

"Our inability to knock down a shot really came back to haunt us," LaPlante admitted.

A-R hit 45 percent from the field (24-for-53), made 4 of 11 three-pointers and was 21-for-34 at the line. RCTC made 15 of 21 free throws. Anoka held a slim 46-43 edge on the boards and both teams had 21 turnovers.

RCTC will now play in the eight-team state tournament this Friday-Sunday at Anoka-Ramsey.

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