Roxbury boys are game but fall to leaders in hoop action
Roxbury’s boys’ basketball team took on two stiff challenges last week, going on the road to battle both of the Delaware League’s division leaders. Battling for consistency, a struggle for any young basketball team, the Rockets struggled to piece together four quarters of steady play against the DL leaders, Gilboa and Davenport.
The Rockets showed flashes of competitive play against both of the DL powerhouses but struggled to maintain that level over four quarters of play. Roxbury leveled a stiff first-half challenge at Mountain Division leader Gilboa on Wednesday. The Rockets were outscored by a single three-point field goal in each of the first two periods, trailing only 30-24 at the half.
Too much balance
Overall, Gilboa’s depth and Roxbury’s struggles to find the hoop, took its toll on the Rockets during the second half. Balanced scoring and a defense that forced Rocket mistakes helped Gilboa outscored the Rockets, 17-5, during a decisive third quarter, then the Wildcats rolled to a 63-36 victory.
Zack Perry, Hunter Grace, and Ben Standhart all scored 10 points for the Wildcats. Torrid foul shooting helped Gilboa’s cause. Perry went seven of eight from the line with Grace hitting eight-of-10 charity shot attempts.
Big night for Will
Will Rendler had a strong offensive game for Roxbury, netting a team-high 23 points.
Roxbury started strong again in Davenport on Friday against Lee Fischer’s undefeated Wildcats. Corey Hartman downed nine of his 13 points in the opening frame as Davenport outscored their guests 18-12 during the quarter.
The second period would be the Rockets undoing when their offense abandoned them on Friday. The Rockets were held to six points with Davenport tallying 12 more, taking a 36-18 lead by the half.
The Rockets settled in during the second half, outscoring the undefeated Wildcats, 23-19, but it was not enough to make up the first half deficit as the Rockets fell 55-41.
Rendler led the Rockets once again with 15 points. Matt Faraci chipped in with 14.