Blue Devils roll to their third straight lop-sided win

Published 9:54 pm Monday, November 11, 2019

Montrell Jacobs isn’t always the go-to scorer for the Blue Devils, but he sure was on Monday night.

Jacobs went seven-for-11 on three-pointers en route to scoring 33 points in 27 minutes as Riverland won its third straight game by more than 25 points when it topped St. Mary’s University JV 101-77 in Riverland Gym Monday.

Jacobs, a sophomore from Milwaukee, wasn’t forcing shots early on, but once he knew it was falling he was firing at will.

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“We don’t decide (who the go-to guy is) it just happens,” Jacobs said. “We come out and if somebody hits that first three and they have the hot hand then we keep feeding them until they can stop them from making it.”

Montrell Jacobs rises up for a two-handed jam against Saint Mary’s in Riverland Gym Monday. Rocky Hulne/

St. Mary’s had just six players in uniform, including Hayfield’s Drew Olive, who chipped in 11 points. But RCC head coach Derek Hahn would have liked to have seen a better defensive effort from his team.

Still, there were some positives as Austin grad Nyagoa Obany had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Keanan Butler, a sophomore from Davenport, Iowa, poured in 17 points off the bench.

“Guys are playing well. Montrell played phenomenal tonight and I thought Nyagoa played really well with his minutes,” Hahn said. “Keanan Butler did a nice job off our bench. We’re starting to define roles which is a struggle in the early part of the season at this level. Not everybody knows exactly what their role is and I think we’re starting to do that a little.”

Riverland’s Terrell Smith rises for a jump shot against Saint Mary’s JV in Riverland Gym Monday. Rocky Hulne/

The Blue Devils (3-0 overall) will play their next five games on the road and they won’t be in Riverland Gym until they host Rainy River on Dec. 6. Jacobs is hoping the team can improve its defense over that time.

“We need to work on the defensive side of the game,” Jacobs said. “If we hold other teams to 50, we should be good this season.”

Riverland scoring: Montrell Jacobs, 33; Keanan Butler, 17; Nyagoa Obany, 12; Tate Hebrink, 7; Eddie Oyet, 7; Terrell Smith, 6; Steve Crosby, 6; Devonne Brown, 4; Brian Robinson, 3; Donn Joshua Ward, 2; Josh Hodges, 2; Quincy Snoddy, Jr., 2; field goals: 51 percent (43-for-85)

Riverland’s Nyagoa Obany goes up for a shot against Saint Mary’s JV in Riverland Gym Monday. Rocky Hulne/