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Big first half gives Mustang boys fourth-straight-win

By Tim Everson

An 11-0 run to start the game for the Rock Creek boys basketball team ended as a 13-point win as the Mustangs (6-2, 4-1) beat Rossville (3-5, 2-1) to win its fourth-straight game.

Everything started with Rock Creek junior Martin Vogts who scored the first eight points of the ballgame and had 28 points to lead all scorers including three 3s and a second-half dunk.

“(Vogts) shot the ball extremely well in the first half and played good defense too,” Mustang’s head coach Jim Johnston said. “You know he can do so many things when he’s hitting shots like that, his game really gets going.”

Vogts filled up the stat sheet, recording several steals, rebounds on both ends of the floor and blocks, but it’s his assists that have his coaches raving.

“What we’re really impressed with is how much he shares the ball and looks for his teammates … When his teammates are open he finds them,” Johnston said.

Vogts was the only Mustang to reach double figures, while Rossville had three of its six scorers score 10 or more, led by senior Andrew Hudson (16).

Rock Creek’s lead eclipsed 20 in the third quarter but, led by nine fourth quarter points from Hudson, the Bulldogs whittled it down to as little as 11 as turnovers and careless basketball gave Rossville some new life.

“In the second half we got sloppy, lethargic, I don’t know what to call it,” Johnston said. “We didn’t finish the game well. But we learned something, and we’ve got to grow up and learn to handle that pressure.

“It was a good thing we had our lead. We shouldn’t have let it come to that. We should’ve been handling the pressure and getting the ball up court… The way we practiced the other day was the way we finished that game.”

Rock Creek only hit two field goals in the fourth quarter but kept the Bulldogs at bay at the charity stripe, hitting 10-of-13 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

“We’re getting better and that’s exciting,” Johnston said. “Right now the ceiling is high and a lot of it is growing up and getting used to playing varsity.”

Rock Creek will attempt to make it five in a row as they travel to Wabaunsee while Rossville will look to rebound versus St. Marys on Friday.

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