Rockets blast MCS in boys' hoop action

By Julia Green
DaVaun Morgan led the Roxbury Rockets with 15 points and 15 rebounds as they routed the visiting Margaretville Blue Devils, 63-25, on Monday night. The Rockets came out with all engines firing to post a 21-4 first quarter lead, in which Roxbury’s Garrett Hall tallied eight points.
“You can’t really ask for a better first quarter than that,” said Roxbury Head Coach Tom Faraci. “We had a couple of things go well, the press, some boards, and guys hitting some points.”
Hall also pulled down 11 rebounds for the Rockets, while Morgan had 13 and Kyle Ciaravino had eight.
“That was a real positive note for us last night,” Faraci said.
A stingy Roxbury defense limited the Blue Devils to just two points in the second quarter while the offense tallied 20 more points to take a 41-6 lead into halftime.
“I was very pleased,” Faraci said. “We had a tough loss there before break against Edmeston that I wish we could have back. But we had some good practices over break, and I’m pleased with where we are.”
The Blue Devils struggled to handle Roxbury’s press in the first half, but found some footing in the final quarter, when they posted 10 points to cut into the Rockets’ 40-point lead.
The Roxbury boys travel to Stamford to face the Indians on Wednesday and are on the road again Friday, when they play at Hunter-Tannersville. Their next home game will be played Tuesday night against Jefferson.
The Margaretville Blue Devils will play at Jefferson tonight; their next home game will be against the visiting Rams of South Kortright on Friday night.
The Andes Mountaineers will travel to face the host Warriors of Windham on Friday.

Girls’ hoop results
The Roxbury Lady Rockets faced off against the host Indians of Stamford in the consolation game of the Stamford Central School Girls’ Annual Booster Club Tournament last Tuesday after dropping a tough 31-29 overtime decision to Laurens in the opening round on Monday.
Tuesday’s match-up proved to be nearly the exact opposite of the previous game, in which the Rockets rebounded from a lackluster first quarter to chip away at Laurens’ lead and tie the game at the buzzer.
Despite a 14-13 Rockets lead going into halftime on Tuesday, the Roxbury girls were unable to maintain the momentum in the second half, allowing the Indians to score 27 points while posting only seven of their own in a 41-20 defeat.
The Rockets were led by Kennedy Faraci, who tallied six points, and Paulina Cowan, who added five.

Upcoming games
The Margaretville Lady Blue Devils faced the visiting JayHawks of Jefferson on Tuesday; no result was available at press time. They travel to face the Lady Rams at South Kortright on Thursday.
The Andes Lady Mountaineers face visiting Roscoe at Andes tonight. They will be led by Mariah Ruff and Rachel Andrews, who are among the area’s leading scorers, ranked fourth and 10th, respectively.