Rocks regain winning touch in a big way


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Posted Online: Jan. 05, 2013, 10:58 pm
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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com
Having grown up in Rock Falls prior to coaching its prep boys' basketball team, Thom Sigel naturally views Sterling as a natural rival.

Though long removed from his days on the Rockets' sidelines, that feeling still remains for Sigel, whose Rocks resumed play Saturday after a week off, welcoming the Golden Warriors to the Rock Island Fieldhouse.

Playing for the first time since falling to state finalist North Chicago in the State Farm Holiday Classic title game, Rocky got back on a winning roll at Sterling's expense with an 86-32 victrory, the 12th in 15 games for Sigel's squad.

"I grew up and coached there, so the rivalry's still there whenever I see (Sterling),'' Sigel said. "It gets the juices flowing, especially when I can get a win up there. But in the big picture, we just wanted to get 2013 off on the right foot.''

Squaring off against a Golden Warrior club that was coming off a Northern Illinois Big 12 West win Friday over Streator, Rock Island had Sterling (7-9) reeling quickly when it hit its first three shots for a 6-0 start, prompting Sterling coach Jim Preston to call a quick 30-second timeout.

That didn't help matters much, as junior guards C.J. Carr and Trey Sigel each scored six first-period points to help fuel a 16-0 run that staked Rocky to a 28-10 lead after one period. The second quarter saw the Rocks string together 15 unanswered points as they built a commanding 53-22 halftime advantage.

"With no week of school, it was kind of an up-and-down week of practice for us, but there were times we got to work on some things,'' Coach Sigel said. "We didn't block out well, but other than that, we played with intensity and executed really well, and were able to get the lead early. With Sterling coming off a win Friday, to be able to do those things was big.''

Senior standout Brian Richardson paced the Rocky attack, hitting on all nine of his shots and going 3-for-3 at the free throw line to post a game-high 21 points. He also had four steals along with teammate Trae Babers, as the Rocks had 17 thefts and forced the Golden Warriors into 23 turnovers.

Comparatively, the Rocks lost the ball just three times themselves.

Carr seconded Richardson with a 17-point, five-rebound, three-steal outing, with Sigel, Keenan Shorter (five boards) and Babers each adding eight points. All but one of the 13 Rock Island players that saw minutes were able to crack the scoring column.

"We played hard and moved the ball well,'' Coach Sigel said. "It was a combination of them not playing well and us clicking right from the get-go.''


















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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