Cougars shoot lights out in hoops win over Falcons

Cougars shoot lights out in hoops win over Falcons

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Cougars shoot lights out in hoops win over Falcons

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Rochester Stoney Creek made 13 three-point field goals and rolled past host Farmington to an 82-52 victory in boys basketball Friday.

The Cougars (6-1) attempted 21 threes and shot 62 percent from the outside of the arc, which is well above their season average of 45 percent.

“We’ve been relying heavily on the three-point shot – and we practice that,” Stoney Creek coach Steve Norgrove said. “That’s part of our offense, and that’s how we play.

“We make adjustments according to how we’re shooting the ball. So far this season, we’ve done a good job in opening up the three and sharing the ball.

“Most of our threes are coming off inside-out passes from the post. We’re stepping forward into our shot as opposed to squaring up to shoot. So we have a much higher success rate.”

Six-foot-4 junior Ben Reiter made nearly half (six) of the Stoney Creek threes and led all scorers with 28 points.

Junior Jon Paul Sinacola, who hit three triples, and senior Logan Arnold finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Jack Allen added eight, Eric Gilgenbach seven and Scott Reader six.

“What I really like is how (Reiter’s) teammates get him the ball,” Norgrove, who was the Farmington varsity coach before going to Stoney Creek, said.

“A couple nights ago, Jon Paul had 29 and Ben was distributing the ball. Now he’s been getting points, and JP is distributing the ball.

“It’s a very unselfish group. They’re very team motivated. They’re very enjoyable to coach.”

Stoney Creek’s first four shot attempts were treys. The Cougars made three and had a quick, 9-6 lead.

The Falcons (3-3) managed to keep pace in an action-packed first quarter. Ryan Coucke made two of his three treys in the period, and Farmington was only down one at the end, 21-20.

Stoney Creek made four more triples in the second quarter and had nine for the half. A pair of free throws by Jordan Graham pulled the Falcons within five late, 32-27, but the Cougars scored the next nine points and led 41-29 at halftime.

“We allowed them to gain confidence early,” Farmington coach Terrance Porter said. “The game plan was to make sure they took contested shots.

“They made a lot of wide-open shots, so there was a lack of attention to detail tonight, a lack of defensive intensity, and it showed on the scoreboard.

“They’re a good shooting team. They space you out; they space the floor really well. They find the open guy. I just thought we lacked defensive intensity and toughness.”

The Cougars hit four more threes in the third quarter and outscored the Falcons 29-10. Stoney Creek scored the last 10 points and had the game all but won with a 68-39 lead.

Coucke and Graham led the Falcons with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Justin Banks, Jordan Hogan and Alex Manasa scored eight apiece and Curt Preston added six.

“That’s a very good team we played tonight,” Norgrove said. “When we started to stretch our lead, that three-point shot can be very disheartening to a defense. You give up a three and the scoreboard keeps rising on you. It’s hard to come back from that.”

Falcons down Hawks

Harrison had a slow start and never fully recovered from it, dropping a 63-52 decision to visiting Birmingham Groves in an OAA crossover game Friday.

Harrison rebounded from a seven-point first quarter to score 24 in the second and tie the score at halftime, 31-31. The Hawks had just eight in the last quarter and were outscored in the second half, 32-21.

John Rexroth and Justin Whitted scored 13 points apiece to lead Harrison (1-5). Rexroth also had 11 rebounds, six steals and two blocks.

Daniel Williams added 10 points. Whitted had eight boards and Malik Salaam five to go with four assists.

Groves (2-3) had balanced scoring with two players in low double figures, two with eight and two with seven. The Hawks were 13-of-28 shooting free throws, the Falcons 9-of-18.

“I thought we played with a lot of energy and heart tonight,” Harrison coach Jason Pickett said. “That’s encouraging, but we have to put the other parts of our game together.”

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