Blue Devils fall to Western Wisconsin
LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Riverland Community College men's basketball team is trying to make a late-season push to get into the state tournament.
But Wednesday night's 95-82 loss to Western Wisconsin Tech won't help the Blue Devils' cause.
The loss puts Riverland in a tough spot with just one regular-season game remaining. They now will need a win in their final game and some help from other teams in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference in order to make the state tournament, which starts March 1 in Anoka.
The Blue Devils dropped to 12-14 overall and 5-8 in the MCAC's South Division. Western Wisconsin Tech improved to 3-10 in the MCAC South.
Riverland closes the regular season Saturday on the road in Worthington against Minnesota West, which suffered a loss to Rochester Community and Technical College on Wednesday night.
Zach Bunch had a monster game for the Blue Devils. He finished with a game-high 27 points to lead the offense. Bunch also was a standout in the floor statistics, ripping down eight rebounds and dishing out five assists.
Marcus Ratliff also played well for Riverland. Ratliff pumped in 17 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Zach Hinrichs poured in nine points, and Goliath Oboyo added six.