EUREKA - For the second consecutive game, Roanoke-Benson played beyond the regulatory 32 minutes. For the second time, they prevailed. The Rockets spoiled Eureka's home opener Friday evening with a 54-47 overtime victory, as they came back from 12 down to do so.
"We're a pretty young team. I'm not sure we were ready to play in this type of atmosphere," commented R-B coach Abe Zeller. "That showed in the first half. We were finally able to settle down. I thought our kids played hard, especially in the second half."
R-B (3-1) did not possess the lead until three minutes and 19 seconds left in the third quarter. They trailed 28-16 at intermission.
The Rockets were bolstered by a 16-2 surge to begin the second half. Jake Weber scored 11 of his 16 points during the run, including three of his four three-pointers.
"We did not want to give them open looks," Hornets' coach Tim Meiss said. "When they (Eureka) did, they (R-B) made us pay."
R-B sophomore Trent Weldon's stickback with six seconds left tied it at 44 and forced the OT period.
Keith Walder finished with 16 points for the Hornets (1-1), who committed 24 turnovers, 18 of which came after halftime.
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