The Randolph boys basketball team started their season with a rough road game at St. Clair, which was coming off an appearance in the state football tournament. Confidence gained their was apparent at the 3-point line, where the Cyclones made six to help them win 69-34.
Chris Feidt scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the 1st half, but the Rockets trailed by 15 at the half.
"Turnovers and not moving efficiently cost us some points in the opening half, but they were hot from behind the arc," coach Tony Linbo said.
Randolph started the 2nd half strong, forcing St. Clair to take a time out with twelve minutes to go. That seemed to wake the Cyclones up, as they went on a 29-6 run to close out the game.
"We have things to work on, but a lot of things went well, too," Linbo said. "Spacing and ballhandling have greatly improved. We just need to knock down some shots and we'll be fine."
Alex McKay had seven points, Keagan Nitz two, Drew Weidner two, Austin Moorhouse eight, Feidt 14 and Kyle Volkert one.
Randolph's next game was against Section 1 rival Goodhue, and featured an 8-3 Rocket run to open the game. The Wildcats were patient, though, and wore the Rockets down with their 2-3 zone to win 57-20.
"We rebounded well early, but Goodhue is really physical and relentless on the glass, and it's tough to maintain that intensity," Linbo said. "Goodhue is the measure of our sub-section and section. We're getting good looks, and now need to convert those opportunities."
McKay had five points, Nitz two, Brady Thesing three, Trevor Otte one, Moorhouse two, Feidt five and Volkert two.
The Rockets are at Bethany Academy Saturday, and they host LeRoy-Ostrander on Tuesday, Dec. 11.