The Mount Union boys basketball team faced off against Southern Huntingdon for an inter-divisional rematch on Monday night in Orbisonia. The teams matched up well, keeping it close in the first quarter and then the Trojans stumbled in the second quarter, not executing the offense scoring four points to fall behind. The Trojans fought back in the second half, but just could not overcome the 14-point deficit and the Rockets claimed the 56-43 win.
Riley Snyder was honored for Senior Night as the only senior on the Rockets squad this season.
The Rockets won the first meeting earlier in the season, 75-53, in Mount Union and completed the season sweep Monday night, improving to 11-3 overall on the season. The Trojans continued to struggle with consistency and slipped to 5-8 on the season.
“It was a rough game for both teams tonight,” stated Rockets head coach Stacy Horne. “We were both inconsistent and did not run our offenses very well. We fell into some street ball at times. We were not hitting from the outside tonight.”
The Rockets took an early lead in the first quarter and started to pull away. Jayvien Brumbaugh hit two treys to keep it close with Owen Winter hitting a trey late to put the Rockets up by six points.
The Rockets held the Trojans to just four points in the second quarter while they added 12 points to their total to go up by 14 points at the break.
The teams came out and matched play in the third and fourth quarter with the Trojans unable to cut into the 14-point margin. They did manage to get within eight points on a 6-0 run to start the third quarter, but the Rockets bounced back and regained the spread.
“We were not running things well at all tonight,” commented Trojans head coach Scott McClain. “We were getting clogged up on the floor and not finishing in traffic. We could not get any pressure on them and we lost our fire in the second half. If we are going to improve, we must learn to make better decisions.”
The Rockets had three players in double figures with Nate Myers and Snyder both hitting for 13 points and Ethan Taylor led with 14 points. Snyder also had 16 rebounds and Lance Carbaugh pulled down 11 boards. The Rockets hit 19 of 51 shots and they were 13 of 20 from the foul line for the night.
The Trojans had three players with nine points — Lucas Barksdale, Jayvien Brumbaugh and Quartney Williams. The Trojans hit 16 of 49 shots from the floor and were 6 of 7 from the foul line.
The Rockets will host Northern Bedford in an ICC South rematch tonight and the Trojans travel to Allport to face West Branch in an ICC North rematch today.