The Southern Huntingdon boys’ basketball team was on the road at Forbes Road Monday night and could not get the struggling offense going. The Rockets matched up early, but the Cardinals had a big second quarter to open a lead and did not look back in winning a 53-44 Inter-County Conference South matchup.
The Rockets have four loses in a row and slip to 3-6 overall and they are 1-4 in the ICC South.
Riley Snyder led the Rockets with 15 points on the night. He was the only Rocket in double digits.
The Cardinals had three players reach double figures with Logan DeShong leading the way with 15. Grayson Hall and Justin Garman added 12 points apiece.
“The team is struggling on offense right now,” commented Rocket head coach Stacy Horne. “We are not healthy and that is costing us. We are trying some different defenses and that is working better. We must get consistent and play solid for four quarters without meltdowns.”
In the first quarter, the Rockets missed some open layups and the Cardinals hit with Garman knocking down a pair of treys to give Forbes a one-point lead at the end of the period.
Forbes Road took control of the game in the second quarter, scoring 22 points with Garman draining two more treys and Kadin Kuhn contributing seven points. The Rocket defense was out of position and the Cardinals found the open spot for the shot. The Rockets put up nine-points and trailed 32-17 at intermission.
Southern went into a man defense and won the third quarter by a point. Ryan Hammons hit for four of the Rockets 10 points. Hall drained five of the Cardinals nine points to stay on top by 14 going into the fourth quarter.
The Rockets cut to eight points at one stage in the fourth quarter, but got into foul trouble. The Cardinals hit 10 of 24 foul shots in the quarter. Snyder hit for seven for the Rockets and Dawson Booher added five, but the Rockets could not get within striking distance.
The Rockets hit 17 of 51 shots from the floor for 33 percent, while the Cardinals hit 14 of 48 for 29 percent. The Cardinals drained 20 of 37 from the foul line.
The Rockets (3-2) junior varsity beat the Cardinals 50-20. Noah Grubb led the Rockets with 16 points and Isaac Hamman added 10.
Friday night the Rockets will be back on the road at Tussey Mountain for an ICC South contest.