It was a combination of the tangibles and intangibles that won the 5’9” senior an unsung hero honor.
It was a combination of the tangibles and intangibles that won the 5’9” senior an unsung hero honor. Ralstin could be easily overlooked when scanning the stat sheet with 66 total points on the season, averaging 3.3 points per game with a .500 shooting percentage. Ralstin did shoot from the free throw line the second most on the year (42), which showed some aggressive season play, but shot only .452 sinking only 19-of-42.
He was second in assists (47), third in offensive rebounds (12) third in defensive rebounds (41), third in total rebounds (53) and sixth in steals (15).
But anyone sitting in the stands could see the contribution Ralstin made in games. His style of play, his aggressiveness and his unselfish “tem first” attitude earned him the adoration of local fans and the respect of his coaching staff and teammates.
“At the end of the season, looking at the stat sheet I was expecting a stronger line from Montana,” said one voter. “It always felt like he made such a contribution.”
“The Mavericks had no shortage of role players who complimented the big guys. Ralstin didn't match the impressive point totals put up by Odle, Ardery, and Davis, but that's because his solid ball handling and movement helped create opportunities for those other players,” said another voter.
“He’s a coaches dream. You ask the kid to do something and he’s going to do it. I’m going to miss the heck out of him. He’s one of those players that if you had five Montana’s on the floor, you’re going to be fine, you’re going to trust them to do what’s best for the team,” said Head Coach Nick Perez.