Shamrocks steam roll Hancock 50-31

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Austin Madden drives down the lane and powers it up and in for two of his 11 points on the night.

New Haven, Mo. – New Haven hit a season high 19 assist and 23 rebounds and four Shamrocks scoring in double figures to end a four game skid, steam rolling Hancock 51-30.

New Haven shot lights out in Tuesday night’s game, going 64 percent from the field on 20 of 32 shooting.  They wasted no time jumping on Hancock early, 18-9, led by Charlie Tritch’s eight first quarter points.  New Haven got easy shots around the basket, in large part to the teams quick passing and finding the open man underneath.

The rocks got off to a slower start in the second quarter, only scoring six points in the first five minutes of play.  Ryan Menke had gone scoreless in New Haven’s loss to Pacific last Friday and of late has had a tough time getting shots to fall.

Last night was a different story.  Late in the second quarter Menke went ballistic, putting up seven points in about 55 seconds, topped off with a three as time expired and smoke coming from Menke’s hand as New Haven headed to the locker room with a comfortable 32-15 lead.

New Haven was able to score the majority of their points inside the paint, which has not been the case for much of the season.  Coach Ray Steinhoff said that Lance Gerlemannn had one of his better games.  Gerlemann (pictured right) was able to post up a few times, creating easy scoring opportunities New Haven has not had for most of the year.  Gerlemann ended the night with 10 points on five of five shooting.

Charlie Tritch and Austin Madden led New Haven through third quarter, scoring 10 of the teams 12 points and giving New Haven a 21-point lead. (44-21) Tritch gave New Haven another solid performance, scoring 12 points and the fourth consecutive game in double figures.  Madden finished with 11 points on the night.

With last night’s 51-30 win, New Haven improves to 13-11 on the year and snaps a four game losing streak.  One of Coach Steinhoff’s concerns has been opposing teams getting 10 – 15 more shot attempts.  Steinhoff said, “It is hard to beat teams who are taking 10 or more shots than you are.”

Last night the rocks were able to get more shot attempts, out shooting Hancock 32-27 holding them to just 26 percent from the field.  While New Haven shot 64 percent on the night, they were a dismal 57 percent from the line, going just 8 of 14.

In the past six games Madden has been in the rock’s starting lineup and have given New Haven an extra outside shooting threat.  He has also added to New Haven’s offense by averaging nearly 10 points per game in five of his last six starts.

New Haven wraps up their season on Friday night against Silex.  This is also senior night, which the seniors will be recognized in between games.

QNHN will stream live video of the seniors being recognized prior to our schedule broadcast, which will have a later start.