1/30/2013 8:01:00 PM RHS finishes busy stretch of games
by Mike Dalton
A rough week for the RHS boys basketball team ended with the Rockets losing three of four.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Randolph traveled to Medford and despite holding close for awhile, lost 73-58. Medford was ahead by one at the half, then went on a burst to extend the lead in the 2nd half and the Rockets couldn't keep up. "We were getting scoring opportunities, we just couldn't knock them down," said coach Tony Linbo.
Jake Dubbels had 18 points, Alex McKay eight, Keagan Nitz five, Drew Weidner eight, Trevor Otte one, Eric Otte four, Austin Moorhouse two, Chris Feidt two and Kyle Volkert 10.
The Rockets hosted Waterville Friday, Jan. 18, and played well out of the gate. RHS was ahead by 10 late in the first half, but Waterville's consistent full-court pressure forced some turnovers and allowed the Bucs to claw back into the game.
RHS led by two at the half, and the second half was a close-fought battle and the scoring was back-and-forth. The difference in the second half was that Waterville had one more 3-pointer, and they knocked down free throws in their 52-48 win.
Ryan Hoey had four points, Dubbels 12, McKay three, Nitz two, Weidner three, Moorhouse five, Feidt 11 and Volkert two.
A tall and good-shooting Rochester Home School team visited Randolph on Tuesday, Jan. 22, but the Rockets sent them home with a 66-62 loss.
"The Defenders are a good offensive team, and well-coached," Linbo said. They led by as many as 15 in the first half, but the Rockets made some defensive stops and cut into the lead at halftime, 35-26. "We wanted to keep it under 10 by half; our guys are learning the value of each possession and the value of defense to win ballgames."
Randolph switched up its defense in the second half, applying more pressure, and they were able to take a lead late in the second half. "Ball control and free throws won us the game," said Linbo.
Hoey had three points, Dubbels 10, McKay 12, Nitz three, Weidner seven, Trevor Otte three, Moorhouse 13 and Feidt 15.
On Friday the Rockets traveled to Blooming Prairie to take on a tall Awesome Blossoms team, and despite leading at the half, came home with a loss. The score was 62-59.
"Blooming went on a big run in the second half and we were unable to counter it," Linbo said. "A late surge came up short. This was a big game, against a sub-section foe with a similar record. From here on out every game is a playoff game as we jockey for position."
Dubbels had 24 points, Weidner five, Eric Otte four, Moorhouse 10, Feidt nine and Volkert six.
Randolph hosted USC Tuesday night. They are at Faribault BA Friday, then home against Janesville on Tuesday, Feb. 5.