Rogers' pressure too much for Tigers
By Steve Vierra
The Tiverton boys’ basketball team was never able to put together a consistent scoring run against Rogers as they suffered a blowout loss to the score of 66-44 on Friday evening.
Rogers received a strong performance from Quraan Bostic who dominated the game from start to finish scoring 26 points on the night. He was able to drive the ball inside at will and scored the majority of his points off easy layups.
Kareem Cooper also had an impressive outing for Rogers dropping 24 points of his own. Cooper also frequently pushed the ball inside and added 5 points from the charity stripe.
Abright spot for Tiverton was the play of Jake Rapoza who scored 19 points on the night. Rapoza was able to score repeatedly in the post but struggled with turning the ball over.
It was all Rogers from start to finish. In the first half, Rogers pushed the ball at every opportunity to create easy scoring opportunities. They also seldom settled for outside shots and made every attempt to drive to the basket. Rogers shot significantly more free throws than Tiverton, which contributed to the margin of victory.
At the end of the first half, Rogers led 38-21 over Tiverton.
The second half brought more of the same from Rogers as they continued to drive the ball to the rim. When Tiverton would collapse to defend against the inside pressure, Rogers would quickly swing the ball outside for open shots.
“We allowed them to penetrate almost every single time,” said Tiverton Head Coach Dave Landoch.
As Rogers continued their onslaught, frustration from Tiverton began to rise and the game became much more physical. Asi Mellekas from Rogers was called for a technical foul for pushing a Tiverton player. Alex Cotton of Tiverton also received a technical foul for his reaction to a foul called against him.
“That happens in all sports when you’re getting killed”, said Coach Landoch.
Towards the end of the game, Tiverton extended its defense to a full court press to try to rally back but it was too little to late.
“It was real frustrating because we have been playing okay .. We’ve been playing hard but we didn’t play like we’re capable of playing tonight,” said Coach Landoch.