Plenty of points in Rocky's season-opening win


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Posted Online: Nov. 21, 2012, 10:16 pm
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By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
Entering the season without knowing who its go-to scorer would be, the Rock Island boys' basketball team made that thought irrelevant on Wednesday night.

A total team effort carried the Rocks to a season-opening 90-67 win over Peoria Richwoods in the Rock Island-Milan Booster Club Thanksgiving Classic at the Rock Island Fieldhouse. All Rocky did on the night was have two players surpass the 20-point mark and two more reach double figures.

"This showed everybody how good a team we can be," said Rocky senior guard Brian Richardson, who scored 23 points. "Everybody was looking for everybody. Nobody got selfish. We all were playing for each other and playing for the win."

The theme on this night was everybody being involved in the offense.

"We know how to move the ball and get it to the open guy," said Rocky junior guard Trey Sigel, who hit six 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 27 points. "That's what we did tonight. We were really selfless."

Trae Babers (13 points) and C.J. Carr (10) reached double figures, and Raahsaan Brown tallied nine. In all, eight of the 11 players who saw action had at least one field goal. Carr also had six assists and six steals.

What set the tone for the impressive offensive showing — Rocky shot 31 of 54 from the field and had 16 assists — was a second-quarter outburst. The Rocks outscored Richwoods 30-6 in the stretch, including a 26-4 run to close the half.

Rocky committed six turnovers in the first half and hit six of 10 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.

"I like that we got stuff out of the offense because we executed," Rocky coach Thom Sigel said. "When we went to sets, we executed. We also got (points) in transition."

For one night, the Rocks displayed their ability to score in a variety of ways. Rocky consistently scored from the perimeter, in the paint, off second chances and created 22 points off turnovers.

"We competed, we showed toughness, we executed, we got the good looks and made them," Thom Sigel said. "We did a lot of good things."

Best of all, the Rocks received points from everyone as even the bench had 17 points.

"We know we could have five, six different guys scoring 20 points a night," Trey Sigel said. "If it's not one of us, it's the other. That's our strength."

Rocky's strength is its numbers.

"You're probably going to see that every night," Richardson said. "We have so many guys on this team who can score."

















 



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