by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Once the jump ball took place, the Streetsboro boys basketball team slammed its foot on the accelerator.
Springfield never had a chance.
The host Rockets improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division after posting a lopsided 77-30 victory over the Spartans Dec. 7.
Streetsboro took a 16-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back.
"The guys came out ready to play," Rockets head coach Nick Marcini said. "We wanted to jump on them early. Fortunately, we've shot the ball well in the last two games."
While Streetsboro had plenty of offense on this night, Marcini believed the key was defense.
And that defense came from one relentless teenager.
The stat sheet will say Dorian Williams scored just two points. But his play was the biggest difference in the game, according to Marcini.
How is that possible?
The player he was guarding, 6-foot-9 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary transfer Victor Dorsey, had just four points.
"We didn't want to give Dorsey any confidence," Marcini said. "Dorian had a monster game on him. Dorian guarded him most of the time. I think he [Dorsey] had one bucket on an offensive rebound. He started for two years at St. V and is 6-9 and Dorian -- all 5-10 of him -- shut him down."
Thanks to Williams' intimidating presence on the defensive end, the Rockets' shooters let it fly.
Jordan Matusik knocked down four of Streetsboro's nine three-pointers and finished with a game-high 26 points.
"Jordan has had two big games thus far," Marcini said. "He has been shooting the ball well and is doing a lot more than that. He's also creating his own shots."
Also scoring in double digits were Paul Jenkins, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Devin Rencher, who had 13 points and nine rebounds. Their play proved vital since one of the Rockets' main cogs, Brandon Gency, was in foul trouble most of the evening.
"Paul had his first career double-double," Marcini said. "He did a lot of damage on the offensive glass. Devin was our sixth man at the end of last year and can do a lot of crazy things with the ball."
It's early, but Marcini believes there is something special about his team. And he's loving every second of it.
"We got off to a slow start since we were a week behind because of football [the football team reached the playoffs for the first time in 20 years]," Marcini said. "But we've really improved in the last four weeks. It's kind of scaring me. If we can tighten a couple of screws, we can be really good."
Jacob Kitchens led Springfield with 11 points.
Streetsboro was scheduled to visit Metro Division foe Ravenna Dec. 11. Results were not available at press time. The Rockets are set to entertain Metro Division rival Kent Roosevelt Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.