S-RC puts the pressure on McCool Junction

December 20, 2018

Shelby-Rising City boys basketball improved to 3-1 on Friday night with a 65-21 victory over McCool Junction.

The Huskies took control of the game from the very beginning outscoring the Mustangs 17-4 in the first quarter and taking a 38-8 lead into the locker room.

“I thought our performance tonight was great,” said head coach Grant Gabel in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We wanted to come out and put pressure on McCool early, and we did just that.”

Shelby-Rising City kept pressuring McCool Junction outscoring the Mustangs 21-7 in the third quarter and extending the advantage to 59-15.

The full-court press generated 13 steals and forced ten other turnovers. The Huskies scored seven points off those giveaways.

“We thought our press would be successful,” Gabel said. “We do a good job of anticipating where passes are going to be and getting into position for the steal. We mixed up the presses this game, and I thought our kids did a good job of communicating with each other.”

Nine different Huskies recorded at least a point and seven players dished out a total of 18 assists.

The Shelby-Rising City bench contributed to the win scoring 19 points.

“I was more impressed with the overall team contribution in this game,” Gabel said. “I thought our bench did a great job of coming in and giving us some valuable minutes. Our starters had well-balanced scoring, and that’s what makes our team have success. If we continue to get everyone involved doing their roles for the team, then we will continue to succeed.”

Gabel said that he feels that as long as his team can perform defensively, wins will follow.

“We stressed going into this season that we had to get it done on the defensive end,” he said. “When our guards are shooting well we can put some points up on the board.

“We are going to face a lot of teams who can either do the same thing or give us fits, and we struggle to score. In games like this, it’s going to come down to defense - which team can get more stops down the stretch? If we continue to get better in those situations, we are going to be a tough team moving forward.”

The Shelby-Rising City Girls were not as fortunate losing 30-16 to McCool Junction.

The game was a defensive battle with the Huskies trailing 12-8 at halftime, but the Mustangs scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory,

“We defended well, said head coach Turner Trofholz after the game. “We missed some bunnies. We were 1 for 6 from the free throw line. When you take some of those and make of those it’s a ball game and we’re a lot closer than what it was.

“That game was a lot closer than 30-16. It wasn’t that big of a difference. We played hard and played very well defensively. We just have to find a way score.”

Trofholz said his team just needs to keep putting in the hard work in practice to improve their shooting.

“We just have to continue to work on our shooting and continue to work on our form, because that’s the only way we’re going to get better,” he said. We just have to keep working.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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