VARNA – There would be no epic rally, as regional host Midland ran out of ferry dust to replicate their last meeting with Tri-County Conference foe Roanoke-Benson. The Rockets dispatched the Timberwolves 52-39 Tuesday night.
Midland (10-18) scorched the nets from distance on Feb. 9 versus R-B (15-12) on their home floor in a 54-49 upset, a contest the Rockets led 22-3.
“They shot the ball real well the last time, 10 of 22 on threes,” R-B coach Abe Zeller remembered. “They made six threes in the third quarter. We made sure that would not happen again.”
The Timberwolves attempted 19 from behind the line and connected on just two.
Meanwhile, the Rockets routinely got into the paint area, which led to several good looks near the basket.
“We wanted to get to the post and not settle,” said Zeller, whose squad only attempted seven three-pointers. “We definitely said that in transition or not we wanted to attack. From what we saw on film, we could do that to them.”
R-B knocked down 10 of 13 hoops in the third quarter, which ended on a driving layup from Jett Weer to give the Rockets a 42-26 lead. The margin blossomed to as large as 20, as R-B was aided by a 24-9 spurt.
Jake Weber led the winners with 15 points, while his younger brother, Jack Weber, followed with 14, and Jordan Huschen chipped in 10.
Zack Weber led the Timberwolves with 11 points, while Will Melsika added 10. Brad Weber, who scored a game-high 17 points in the first meeting, finished with just three.
While Midland came back from a large deficit in the first meeting, they cut a 20-point spread to only 12.
“We definitely said we have to close the door,” said Zeller. “We did not do that the last time. I thought, for the most part, we did outside of when we had it 48-28. At this time of year, it does not matter. You win and move on.”
The Rockets finished 23 of 50 from the field for 46 percent, while Midland ended up 15 of 46 for 33 percent.