‘D’ fuels Rockets to win [UPDATED]Published 10:50am Tuesday, March 5, 2013 Updated 10:51am Tuesday, March 5, 2013
After a back and forth battle in the first half, the hosting Rocket boys were able to pull away in the second half and claim a 58-42 win over Brandon-Evansville in the Section 6A playoffs Monday.
Both teams walked on the court and knew what was at stake. Fans witnessed a typical Little Eight Conference match up as the teams traded baskets for most of the half. The Rockets were able to leave the court holding a slim 25-24 lead over the Chargers at the break.
In the second half, Underwood came out fired up on defense, forcing Brandon-Evansville to take several contested shots in the game. The Rockets would pull away from there as they claimed the victory.
Zane Lind had another great night for the Rockets as he dropped in 20 points and yanked down 11 rebounds for a double-double. Teammate Chase Collins matched his scoring output with 20 tallies and Adam Creek chipped in 11.
The Chargers were led by standout John Haseman, who recorded a double-double of 22 marks and 13 boards.
B-E struggled from the field in the game as they went on to shoot only 28 percent, while Underwood finished the evening with 46 percent shooting.
The Chargers end their season with a 9-17 record and will see six seniors graduate in the spring.
The Rockets will continue their playoff push Thursday as they travel to take on Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a 7 p.m. playoff showdown.
Fast start gives Knights playoff win
BARRETT — The West Central Area boys were not messing around Monday evening as they flew past the Hancock Owls for a 64-32 Section 6A playoff victory.
The Knights took control of the game from the opening bell as they were able to jump out in front of their visitor. The Owls were baffled by their hosts as they went into halftime down 39-16.
West Central continued to lay on the pressure in the second half, but Hancock was unable to find an answer as the Knights rode away with the win.
“We played well against a team that has been hot lately and we got contributions from the whole team again,” Knights coach Kraig Hunter said. “Dakotah Kashmark sparked us early and we had a good defensive effort.”
The Knights’ Jay Zimmerman had another good game scoring 16 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two block shots.
Teammate Dakotah Kashmark (14) and Brady Combs (12) were also in double digits in scoring.
The Knights will look to continue their playoff campaign Thursday as they travel to take on Battle Lake in a 7 p.m. second round tilt.
In their previous meeting this season, the Battlers were able to get the better of West Central in a 60-38 early season win.