Rogers City breezes by Vanderbilt in districts

HILLMAN-The Rogers City boys basketball team has had a rough time over the last two years, but it finally had the chance to win and won big with a 69-26 win over Vanderbilt in a Class D district quarterfinal on Monday.

It was Rogers City’s second win in two years. It was also the most points it had scored in two years.

“It feels good for these kids (to win). I also think we did a good job on sportsmanship. We pride ourselves on playing good and staying positive,” Rogers City coach Jesse Streich said.

Rogers City immediately took control of the game both offensively and defensively. It scored eight straight points before the Yellowjackets scored a basket.

By the time Vanderbilt scored again with 30 seconds left in the quarter, the Hurons had taken a 20-4 lead.

Vanderbilt was hamstrung by a small, young squad. Three of its players were seventh or eighth graders and its only senior, Jake Daubenspeck, was by far the best player. He scored 19 of Vanderbilt’s points.

The Hurons played consistently well, with players passing the ball and setting up successful scoring chances. Chris Lopez was the Hurons most consistent scorer, scoring 27 points, but every Rogers City player picked up at least two points.

Alex Hincka had 13 while Quintin Kelly added 12.

The Hurons took a 36-12 lead into the second quarter. Vanderbilt came out stronger, but struggled defensively. Daubenspeck picked up a couple of steals, but wasn’t enough to make a difference.

Rogers City pulled even further ahead in the third quarter, as Vanderbilt started to foul. Vanderbilt picked up seven fouls in the third quarter, all of which led to free throw attempts.

The Hurons went 8-for-13 at the line in the period.

Vanderbilt scored just five points in the third quarter as Alex Morris hit a three-pointer to narrow the Hurons lead to 47-17 with four minutes left. Rogers City came into the fourth quarter with a 58-17 lead.

The last quarter of hte game was played under a running clock. The Hurons picked up 11 points, while the Yellowjackets had its biggest quarter of the evening with nine.

Rogers City moves on to face Hillman in a semifinal matchup in Hillman.

“We want to concentrate on Wednesday before we look ahead to next year. We just want to come out and compete. You never know what’s going to happen,” Streich said. “We’re going to come out and play hard and try not to turn the ball over.”

ROGERS CITY (69): Q. Kelly 5 1-2 12; C. Karsten 2 2-2 6; A. Radke 2-3 2; A. Hincka 5 3-5 13; C. Lopez 10 7-10 27; A. Darga 1 0-0 2; A. Belusar 1 0-0 2; C. Szatkowski 2 2-2 6.

VANDERBILT (26): J. Daubenspeck 8 2-2 19; K. Ohmann 1 0-0 2; T. Teeling 1 0-0 3; A. Morris 1 0-1 2.

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