RI turns up defense to top Springfield


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Posted Online: Dec. 26, 2012, 8:25 pm
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By Jeff Wendland, wendland@qconline.com
NORMAL -- Springfield sharpshooter Isiaah Nelson had the collective Rock Island boys basketball team scratching their heads in the first half of Wednesday's opening-round game of the 3A/4A boys' portion of the State Farm Holiday Classic.

Rock Island senior Brian Richardson put an end to that.

After scoring 18 points on seven of nine shooting to keep the winless Senators within three points at the half, Nelson was held to three points on one of eight shooting after intermission with Richardson sticking to him like glue. That helped Rocky earn a 64-50 win at Normal West.

"He was really hurting us in that first half,'' said Richardson, who added 11 points, a rebound, an assists and a block. "When a guy is doing that to us, I tell (Coach Thom Sigel) 'I got him.' That always hypes me up when they put it on me to guard the other team's best player.

"I just got in his face and denied him the ball all over the court. I wanted to make someone else beat us. You could tell he was getting frustrated and that's what it's all about."

Sigel knew he had to slow down Nelson to get control of a game the Rocks led nearly wire-to-wire.

"He came out red hot and we needed to make some adjustments at the half,'' Sigel said. "Brian is our best on-ball defender and he made it tough for them to get him the ball."

The Rocks (9-2) seemed to have control a few times in the first half, but the the Senators kept making runs to keep it close. In the second half, Rocky started to lengthen the lead with its defense that forced 20 turnovers -- including 14 steals (seven of those by C.J. Carr).

"We didn't execute a couple of times in the first half with a chance to extend the lead,'' Sigel said. "In the second half, we executed better and the defense allowed us to get better angles in the passing lanes."

Carr and senior Raahsaan Brown had excellent all-around games to lead a balanced Rock Island attack.Carr finished with 13 points, three assists and four rebounds to go with his seven steals. Brown led the Rocks with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.Trey Sigel added 10 for the Rocks and Keenan Shorter scored eight to go with six rebounds.

"That's how we play when we are going good,'' Brown said. "We have a lot of guys contributing and scored off our defense. We understand that our defense creates our offense, and if we forget, Coach Sigel makes sure to remind us."

Rock Island plays Normal Community this evening at 6 at the Shirk Center on the Illinois Wesleyan campus.




State Farm Classic
3A/4A boys'
Rock Island 64, Springfield 50
SPRINGFIELD (0-10)
Pearl 2-5 3-4 2 5 8, Isi. Nelson 8-17 0-0 3 2 21, Jacobs 3-6 0-0 1 0n 9, Churchg 2-4 2-3 1 4 6, Day 2-5 0-0 3 2 4, Dorr 0-0 0-0 0 2 0, Balster 0-1 0-0 3 0 0, Rowl 1-2 0-0 2 1 2, Isa. Nelson 0-0 0-0 0 0 0. Totals 18-50 5-7 15 18 50
ROCK ISLAND (9-2)
Carr 4-9 5-7 1 4 13, Sigel 3-7 2-2 0 1 10, Richardson 4-6 3-3 2 1 11, Brown 7-12 0-0 2 8 14, Johnson 2-3 0-0 2 2 4, Babers 0-3 0-0 0 1 0, Shorter 3-4 2-2 0 6 8, Jones 2-2 0-0 1 0 4, Hawthorne 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Julian 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Butler 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Aldridge 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Myers 0-2 0-0 0 0 0, Simmer 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0 0 0. Totals 25-58 12-14 8 25 64.
Springfield    15    14    11    10--50
Rock Island    17    15    16    16--64
3s: Springfield 9-17 (Isi. Nelson 5-8, Jacobs 3-6, Pearl 1-2, Day 0-1), Rock Island 2-11 (Sigel 2-6, Babers 0-3), Carr 0-1, Richardson 0-1). Turnovers: Springfield 20, RI 11. Steals: Springfield 3 (Pearl 2), Rock Island 14 (Carr 7). Assists: Springfield 5 (Balster 2), RI 11 (Carr 3, Sigel 2).












 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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