Streetsboro boys hoops team holds off Aurora


by Frank Aceto

Associate Sports Editor

They're unbeaten and they're winning close games.

Such facts bode well for the Rockets thus far on the basketball court.

Streetsboro head coach Nick Marcini, on the other hand, is far from satisfied. In his mind, the Rockets haven't come anywhere close to reaching their full potential.

"We haven't scratched the surface yet," Marcini said.

Now that's a scary thought for future opponents.

For now, what Streetsboro has done in the first few weeks of the season will certainly do.

The host Rockets improved to 6-0 overall with a 40-37 victory over Aurora Dec. 21. Streetsboro prevailed despite being outscored 11-4 in the final eight minutes.

"We tried our hardest to give it away," Marcini said. "We struggled to put the ball in the hole and we had 26 turnovers."

The Greenmen had the ball trailing by just one (38-37) with 14 seconds left. Streetsboro got a stop and forward Paul Jenkins, the team's leading scorer, made it a three-point game when he knocked down two free throws with three seconds left.

The foul on Jenkins was ruled intentional. As a result, the Rockets inbounded the ball and ran out the clock. Jenkins finished with a game-high 21 points.

"Paul has been great for us scoring the ball," Marcini said. "We're young. We're playing three sophomores and have had guys step up when they had to. Reggie Dublin [seven points] has been a pleasant surprise scoring the basketball for us."

Streetsboro earned a 42-35 win in the junior varsity game.

The host Rockets improved to 4-0 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division after posting a 62-47 victory over Woodridge Dec. 20.

Streetsboro outscored the Bulldogs (1-5, 1-4) 19-9 in the first quarter and rolled the rest of the way.

"We played extremely well against Woodridge," Marcini said. "It was a great team win."

Four players reached double digits in scoring for the Rockets. Dublin led the way with 15 points and Jerry Judd added 13 points. Jenkins and Devin Rencher each scored 12 points. Streetsboro earned a 51-41 win in the JV game.

The varsity squad is scheduled to play in the Hudson Holiday Tournament this week.

The Rockets are set to play Hudson Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Chagrin Falls Kenston and Richfield Revere are scheduled to open tournament play Dec. 27 at 6 p.m.

The consolation and championship games are set to take place Dec. 28 at 6 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in Hudson.

"Our nonleague games are good preparation for the tournament," Marcini said. "Hudson is going to be solid. [Hudson head] coach [Jeff] Brink is a pretty darn good coach. We've talked about protecting our borders."


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