RCS boys and girls post wins over Jefferson

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By John Bernhardt
“Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger” is a song by the French duo Daft Punk that won a Grammy Award in 2009. Roxbury boys’ basketball coach Tom Faraci and his team are hoping to put those words to a different kind of test on the hardwoods in the Delaware League this winter. Faraci’s young squad took a big step forward in Jefferson last week, outscoring the JayHawks, 20-11, in the fourth quarter to beat the home team, 51-44, and win their first game of the year.
Earlier in the season, the Rockets saw a late fourth-quarter lead slip away when they dropped a close contest in Hunter-Tannersville. Thursday, the Rockets watched a seven-point halftime lead evaporate and trailed the JayHawks, 33-31, entering the final period. Roxbury regained their composure, igniting a late-game surge to bring the victory home.
The fourth quarter rally represents a giant building block as the young squad fights to gain a foothold in the tough Delaware League.
“It’s a process,” explained Faraci. “We’re starting to pick it up a bit, slowly digging in, trying to get to the level of the people we’re playing in the League.” To do that Faraci knows his team has to play harder, faster, better, stronger.
Basketball coaches understand that when you’re working with an inexperienced team the offense is often the last thing to evolve. Roxbury found some offense last week in their junior guard/forward Matt Faraci. For the second game in a row, Faraci reached the 20-point plateau, this time scoring seven points during the Rockets critical fourth-quarter surge.
Will Rendler continues consistent offensive output. Rendler netted 15 points against the JayHawks. Center Patrick Hanrahan added eight more points for the Rockets.
Michael Greiner and Hunter Minalga both netted 13 points for Jefferson with James Quagliano chipping in with 11.
Roxbury plays in Davenport tonight and hosts Windham on Friday.

Roxbury girls
An 18-8 first quarter helped lift Roxbury over Jefferson, 56-24, Friday night. Rocket sophomore Stacey Sprague was active around the basket scoring 13 of the Roxbury’s first-period total.
Sprague would get into foul trouble as the game progressed, requiring that some of her teammates take up the slack. Point guard Shannon Sprague stepped up to the plate scoring a season-high 16 points to make up the difference. Jade Meehan threw in nine more for the Rockets.
“We’re doing okay,” said coach Lisa Faraci when describing the progress of her 2-2 team. “We’re moving forward one step at a time. Each and every game we take away some lessons learned. Our defense is getting stronger, and we’re hoping it works to our advantage as the season goes forward.”
Faraci was pleased to see Devon Fox anticipate to make steals that generated some good fast breaks in the Jefferson game. Fox finished with a season-high eight points. The Roxbury coach feels the steady play of Jade Meehan provides the foundation for even more output going forward.
Roxbury outpaced their guests in every period of Friday’s game, building a 31-16 lead by the intermission. The Rockets netted double digit scoring totals in every period of the game.