BY DAVID PEDERSEN
Rockford and Delano boys basketball teams took a break from hectic league action and faced off in a non-conference meeting of neighboring schools at Rockford Saturday.
Delano won bragging rights with a 64-48 victory. The Tigers roared out of the gate to a 26-14 lead before Rockford finished the first half strong to cut the lead to 30-25. It would have been closer had Delano’s Seth Norling not get fouled at the buzzer and made both free throws.
Rockford cut the lead to 32-31 to start the second half and then Delano started to utilize its size advantage by going inside to Damon Longstreet, who finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Sean Campbell of Delano netted 14 points while Matt Kreklow contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Norling added five assists and five rebounds.
Leading the way for Rockford was Joe Agre with 11 points and six rebounds. Brock Deering and Jeremy Bingham both scored 10 points. Coach Michael Tauber said his team struggled from the get go and “we did not match their physical play.”
Rockford was coming off a strong effort against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday, falling 79-75 in overtime. Guard Nick Tully, who is getting back in the flow after being out with a bad ankle sprain, scored 14 points, one of four Rockets in double figures.
Scoring leaders were Deering with 21 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Bingham with 20 points and Brendon Schumacher added 11. Schumacher banked in a 3-point shot at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime. Center Tyler Sale paced HLWW by netting 32 points.
Rockford was back on the court Monday, defeating Holdingford 69-50 as 11 of the 12 players scored. Leaders were Deering 20, Schumacher 18 and Agre 12.
Rockford next will play host to league leader Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Friday, Feb. 14 and then end the regular season at Pierz Thursday, Feb. 20.
Before facing Rockford, Delano lost a close game against Mound-Westonka 58-54 Thursday. The Tigers were learning to play without leading scorer Toby Hanson, who is out for the season with injury.
Campbell hit a 3-point shot at the end of the first half to the Tigers up 26-22. Mound-Westonka starts the second half by hitting two 3-pointers. It was a battle the rest of the way says coach Terry Techam.
MW scored another 3-pointer with about 17 seconds left to go up by two points. Delano’s 3-point shot at the horn rimmed out. MW shot 13 of 14 from the free throw line.
Longstreet again powered the offense with 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Campbell had 13 points and five assists. Kreklow sprained his ankle earlier in the week in practice but was able to play, scoring seven points with seven rebounds.
Delano takes on two state-ranked teams when going to Annandale Friday, Feb. 14 and to Holy Family Catholic Tuesday, Feb. 18. Delano is home to Glencoe-Silver Lake Friday, Feb. 21.