1/23/2014 12:22:00 PM Rocket boys get two nice wins
by Mike Dalton
The RHS boys basketball team picked up two nice wins last week, beating Medford and Lyle-Pacelli. Sandwiched in between was a loss to Waterville.
Randolph's full-court pressure eventually proved too much for Medford to handle, putting the Rockets ahead by 20 before they finally won 67-55.
Good defense created multiple mistakes by Medford, but the Tigers weren't willing to just walk away. They were able to trim Randolph's lead to 39-31 at the half.
RHS switched from full-court zone press to a full-court man-to-man press to open the 2nd half, and they again built up a big lead. Medford was able to creep to within six points late, but clutch free throw shooting down the stretch clinched the win. Drew Weidner made five of six free throws late in the 2nd half.
"We knew who their ball-handlers were and tried to frustrate them, and we succeeded in that," coach Tony Linbo said. "Then we relaxed and let them back in it. They played a 1-3-1 half-court zone and that gave our guys some trouble. They forced us to speed up the game, when we were hoping to slow things down."
Eric Otte led the team with 21 points, Weidner had 14, Sam Feidt 10, Austin Moorhouse eight, Hunter Ehlers six, Kyle Volkert four, and Drake Speight and Luke Dubbels two each.
The Rockets came out blazing at Waterville, but a full-court man-to-man press quickly put out their fire. Randolph trailed by 22 at the half, and lost 59-44.
"They have an athletic group of guys who can create turnovers," Linbo said. "We talked at the half about playing with pride and winning the 2nd half, which we did. Our guys played inspired basketball and played relaxed, which led to easy buckets."
Otte had 14 points, Volkert 10, Moorhouse seven, Weidner five, David Speight three, Feidt and Andrew Emery two, and Drake Speight one.
Randolph finished the week with a Fill the Gym game against Lyle-Pacelli Saturday, and after falling behind early the Rockets battled back to win 59-52.
The Rockets struggled on offense in the 1st half, and struggled to get into their normal rhythm. L-P was able to get easy baskets off Randolph's defense, and RHS switched defenses. Randolph finally took the lead and never gave it back, going 15 of 21 from the free throw line down the stretch.
Otte led with 19 points, Volkert had 13, Emery 10, Weidner seven, Moorhouse five, and Drake Speight and Ehlers two each.
Randolph hosted Cleveland Tuesday. They are at Alden-Conger Thursday, host Blooming Prairie Friday, then go to United South Central on Tuesday, Jan. 28.