Trae Blumhorst Records a Triple-Double but Regents Come Up Short

Trae Blumhorst
Trae Blumhorst

RIVER FOREST, Ill. - Senior Trae Blumhorst (Mendota, Ill.) notched his first career triple-double as the Regents (11-14, 9-11 NACC) fell 77-70 on Saturday at the Dominican University Stars (6-19, 4-16 NACC). Blumhorst finished the game with 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to become the first Regent to record a triple-double since January 4, 2017 when teammate Tony Diemer (Rockford, Ill.) achieved the feat against Concordia Chicago. Diemer also played well on Saturday, scoring at least 20 points for the ninth time in the last 11 games, in addition to tallying his third double-double of the season. He finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds, leaving him with 498 career rebounds. In addition to Blumhorst and Diemer's outstanding play, Squires was also extremely effective off the bench. He finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 6 rebounds. 

The first half was tight throughout, as it featured a whopping seven lead changes. The Stars had the edge early on leading by as many as five points on multiple occasions. However, the Regents would use a 6-0 run midway through the first half to take their first lead of the game at 14-13. Tony Diemer led the way with 4 points with the other two coming from his brother, Kevin Diemer (Rockford, Ill.). The two schools would trade baskets over the next handful of minutes before Dominican hit back-to-back triples to extend its advantage back to five points. Fortunately Rockford was able to close the half strong with a 10-2 run, led by four points from Andrew Squires (Pecatonica, Ill.), to take a 33-30 edge into the intermission. 

The second half got off to a great start as the Regents scored the first four points to take a 37-30 lead, their largest of the day. Tony Diemer got the scoring started with a pair of made free throws, followed by a Trae Blumhorst made layup. Rockford's lead would not last long though, as the Stars tied the game at 39-39 just over two minutes later. Up stepped senior Ben Temrowski (Rochester, Mich.), who knocked down his first triple of the game to put his team back in front 42-39. The Regents would push their advantage to as many as six points with 13:02 remaining off a Trae Blumhorst made layup. Unfortunately that's when the tide began to turn, as Dominican went on a 16-2 run to take at the time, a game-high eight point lead. The Stars would lead by as many as nine before Rockford made one final push down the stretch. The Regents would cut the deficit down to just two with three minutes remaining thanks to five straight points from sophomore Andrew Squires. With Rockford still trailing by three with just under a minute remaining, Dominican scored the final four points of the game to seal a 77-70 win.

Individually the Regents finished the year with multiple players in the top-10 in the NACC in various statistical categories. Tony Diemer finished as the fourth leading scorer in the conference averaging 18.0 points on exactly 48% shooting including an impressive 47.2% from three-point range. Kevin Diemer led all freshmen and was seventh in the NACC averaging 7.0 rebounds per game. Senior Trae Blumhorst concluded the season in the top-5 in the NACC in two categories. Blumhorst finished second in the conference with 1.6 blocks per game and fourth with 4.2 assists per game. Brandon Emerick (Elkhart, Ind.) led all freshmen and finished fifth in the NACC averaging 1.6 steals per game. 

As a team, Rockford concluded its 2017-18 campaign with an eighth place finish in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.