BY DAVe PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
By coaches urging Rockford junior Brock Deering to be more aggressive on the basketball court, they may have created a monster.
The 6-foot-4 guard/forward went all out against Holdingford last week, finishing with a career high 32 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Rockets to a 62-49 victory.
Deering, averaging 15 points per game this season, doubled the mark by driving to the basket where he was often fouled. He took 15 free throws, making 10. His typical number is maybe a couple in a game.
The scoring output seems even stranger when considering Deering has only scored in the low 20’s twice, with 23 his previous best game. He also did not make a 3-point shot against Holdingford and made just six on the season.
“Brock was going after it and got a lot more aggressive,” said coach Michael Tauber. “He has good length and the ability to score. We are on him all the time to be aggressive and be going to the basket more. They could not stop him. Hopefully, he will be more consistent with this aggressive mentality.”
Deering said he definitely got more aggressive, especially after he got things going early.
“Sometimes it takes me a while to get going in a game,” adds Deering. “Once I do, I go from there. One of the first plays against Holdingford was a layup basket and one (free throw) and I was on from the get go.”
The junior said he usually likes to pass first and is not concerned with the amount of points he scores. He adds, “I will shoot more if it helps the team since I am more about winning.”
Deering was called upon to be a leader early in his high school sports career. He started at quarterback for varsity as a ninth-grader when the Rockets lost the section title game by a point. He also played varsity in basketball as a ninth-grader and started last year as a sophomore.
Against Holdingford, Nick Tully added 15 points. Rockford also lost to highly ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 74-50 last week. The Rockets trailed by 20 at the half but battled back to cut the lead to 12.
“That’s when their 6-8 player hit two straight 3-point shots,” adds Tauber about the player who made five 3-pointers in the game. “In the second half we played much better on defense.”
Deering led with 11 points and seven rebounds. Joseph Richardt had 10 points and four assists.
Rockford plays at home against Pierz Friday, Feb. 15 and at Eden Valley-Watkins Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Rockford’s girls basketball team is at Kimball Feb. 15, home to Lester Prairie Feb. 19 and home to BBE Feb. 21.
Last week the team lost to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 78-45. Sam Bagaason led with 14 points, while Brianna Calder had 12 points and eight rebounds. HLWW is 10-1 in the league, 17-5 overall. The Rockets are 11-11 on the season.