JV boys send Hancock to the cleaners - Look for third straight win on Friday

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Ross Seitter pulls up for a jumper in Monday's game against Hancock.

New Haven, Mo. – The JV boys will finish up their season on Friday against Silex.  With a win, New Haven will have won three in a row, six of their last eight, and their 17 win of the year.  The rocks are currently 16-5 after thumping Hancock on Monday 52-25.

New Haven had come into Monday night’s game after knocking off Pacific, in a nail bitter 33-31 on Friday.  The Rocks were able to fend of the Indians with a balanced scoring attack.  Kyle Ruediger and Alex Poggas tied for a team high eight points and Seth Schenck, Ross Seitter, Michael Bockting, and Ben Luecke all added four points.

Coach Tim Strobel said, “I was glad we were able to get a win.  It is hard to win on the road, particularly here. [Pacific] I was proud of them, they played hard, kept themselves in the game…game came down to who wanted it more.  It was a big win for them.”

In the first half of Monday night’s game, Luecke led the rocks a 23-14 lead, scoring 10 of his 12 points and grabbing a team high five rebounds on the night.  New Haven had several missed opportunities in the half that would have given them a double digit lead.

Seth Schenck dives for a lose ball.

New Haven laid the hammer down in the third, jumping out to a 14-point lead by creating steals and converting them for easy points.  The rocks continued on their onslaught, holding Hancock to just five points, ending the third with a commanding lead, 36-19.

New Haven held Hancock to just six fourth quarter points, propelling them to a 27 point thumping, improving to 16-5 on the season.  Strobel said, “We did a really good job rebounding and handling the ball.”  New Haven committed a season low, three turnovers and dominated the boards, finishing with 19 on the night.

Ruediger scored a game high 15 points followed by Poggas’s 11 points in the game.

Kyle Rueidger gets some air time as he goes up and above the defense to lay in two of his 15 points on Monday night.

Ruediger has been New Haven’s leading scorer, averaging close to 14 points per game.  The young freshman has a lot of potential.  He is good at finishing around the basket as well as driving the ball.  Once he is able to consistently knock down 15 to 20 footers and pose a threat of driving the ball, Ruediger could become deadly.

Two sophomores, Schenck and Seitter are two good outside shooting guards with three point range and both are good defenders on the other end.

Strobel said, “This is a really good group of kids, they come in ready to practice, play hard, and just a super good group.  I am very pleased with how much they have improved since we began practice back in October.

The JV will wrap up their season on Friday with a tip time of 6 p.m.

This weekend we plan to have a more in depth story about their season and a summary of New Haven’s JV girls.