Hoops preview: Rock Island (7-1, 2-0 Big 6) at Galesburg (4-4, 1-1)


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Posted Online: Dec. 13, 2012, 7:44 pm
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Tonight: Rock Island travels to Galesburg for a 7:30 Western Big 6 Conference game at John Thiel Gym. Sophomores start at 6.

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Saturday: Both teams will play in the Genesis Shootout at the Carver Center. Galesburg plays North Scott at 5 p.m.; Rock Island meets Davenport Assumption at 8:30.

Starting lineups
Rock Island:
G C.J. Carr, 5-6 Jr. (13.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Trey Sigel, 6-1 Jr. (13.0, 3.4) and Brian Richardson, 6-0 Jr. (11.8, 3.8); F Raahsaan Brown, 6-3 Sr. (11.5, 5.8) and Rob Johnson, 6-3 Sr. (6.0, 5.1).

Galesburg: G Carson Cheesman, 6-1 Sr. (1.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg) and Travon Diggins, 5-10 Jr. (7.5, 3.8); F Grant Gibson, 6-2 So. (25.5, 6.1), Ryan Carl, 6-5 Sr. (4.0, 3.9) and Marcus Ross, 6-4 Sr. (5.3, 2.0).

Why watch: Rock Island looks to rebound from a 68-65 home loss to Bloomington last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Silver Streaks are playing their Big 6 opener after splitting their first two league games on the road. "We'd like to defend our home court and play well," Galesburg coach Mike Reynolds said. ... Grant Gibson, the league's leading scorer, is shooting 51.7 percent (73 of 143) from the field."He poses a tough matchup for everyone so far because he does everything fundamentally sound," Rocky coach Thom Sigel said. ... The Rocks counter with a starting lineup that has four players averaging double figures. "C.J. (Carr) is the key to the whole thing," Reynolds said. "His penetration creates a lot of easy opportunities. It's our job to pressure and contain him. He's as good a point guard as I've seen all year. If you can contain him and not allow him to create easy baskets for others, you've got a chance to be successful." ... Rocky junior forward Keenan Shorter will be available tonight. Shorter has yet to play this season because of a knee injury.

Rock Island coach Thom Sigel: "We knew that we were on the road the first three (league games). So far, we've gotten where we want to be. Now, we've got to finish the goal. But it's not going to be easy."

Galesburg coach Mike Reynolds: "Offensively, we've got to get a little more rhythm with each other. In the games we've lost, we've let ourselves down offensively. That's something we'll continue to work on. We want to take more steps forward."
-- By Daniel Makarewicz, danmak@qconline.com
















 



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