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Adoption and attack mode: How Rugaard brothers helped Morton reach regional title and school record

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Morton's Gus Rugaard drives on Washington's Andre Lewis while Tripp Rugaard (22) cuts towards the hoop. Brock Angle/Clutch Sports Media

Gus Rugaard adopted an attacking mindset in Wednesday’s regional title game against Washington. 

It resulted in a career-high 28 points for the senior and sent the Morton Potters to Friday’s regional title game against high-powered Richwoods. 

“Your senior year, there's just a little bit of a different mindset and he's also our closer, our go-to guy and we told him to have attack mode tonight and he showed attack mode tonight,” Morton head coach Abe Zeller said.  

Rugaard and his family also adopted another big factor that’s helped put the Potters become co-Mid Illini champions and win a school-record 28 games so far this season: Gus’ younger brother Tripp Rugaard. 

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