The Southern Huntingdon boys’ basketball team finished their its regular season schedule Tuesday night in a rematch at Southern Fulton. The game stayed close with the Rockets holding the edge most of the night. Great foul shooting was key in the Rockets logging the 69-63 Inter-County Conference South victory.
The Rockets have strung four wins in a row for a 14-8 record, the fifth best in boys’ basketball history. The Rockets finish 10-4 in the ICC South, right behind the leader Tussey Mountain. Southern Fulton is 14-7 and also at 10-4 in the conference. The Rockets won the first meeting with Southern Fulton in Orbisonia Jan. 13.
“We shot the lights out from the foul line tonight,” commented Rocket head coach Stacy Horne. “We hit 14 of 16 in the fourth quarter when it really could have made a difference. The game was close early and they did not go away, closing in during the fourth quarter. I must give the team a lot of credit for hanging in and fighting hard to get the win. We opened up the offense and did better in transition in the third quarter. We will start to get ready for the playoffs coming next week.î
The teams matched up well in the first quarter, keeping it close with with the Rockets lead by one at the buzzer.
The lead changed a couple times in the second quarter with the Indians holding an edge and taking a one-point lead into intermission.
Southern opened up the offense in the third period, scoring in transition while the defense held the Indians to just eight points. The Rockets hit for 17 to take an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter.
The final stanza was a very fast scoring quarter with the teams combining for 62 points. The Rockets hit 14 of 16 foul shots in the quarter and opened the lead to 16 points until the Indians started to hit from the outside and closed the gap. Southern held them off down the stretch for the 69-63 victory.
The Rockets had four players in double figures. Ethan Taylor led the way with 19 points, making 11 of 12 from the foul line. Dawson Booher hit for 16 points and Ryder Hileman hit for 13 points and went nine of nine from the foul line. Riley Snyder also had 13-points and went five of six from the line. The Rockets ended the night 24 of 26 from the charity stripe.
From the floor the Rockets hit 22 of 48 shots for 46 percent and the Indians hit 23 of 64 for 36 percent.