Streetsboro boys basketball team drops pair of games in Hudson

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by Rob Barrone | Correspondent

Hudson -- They faced some quality competition and they had some health issues.

But the Rockets are dealing with a reality that may sting for a few more days.

The Streetsboro boys basketball team is no longer undefeated.

The Rockets finished 0-2 at the Hudson Holiday Classic, which concluded Dec. 28 at Hudson High School's Ray "Buck" Hyser Gymnasium.

Streetsboro (6-2) lost a 70-55 decision to Richfield Revere in the consolation game Dec. 28 after losing a 50-34 decision to 2012 Division I district finalist Hudson in its first-round game Dec. 27.

Chagrin Falls Kenston won the tournament with a 47-46 victory over the Explorers.

Against Revere, the Rockets struggled to keep up with the Minutemen's torrid shooting. Revere (3-3) made 11 three-pointers and also converted a number of uncontested layups en route to the win.

Jordan Holtkamp led the Minutemen with 18 points and Dezmond Rozek and Teddy Hughes added 17 and 13 points, respectively.

"Hats off [to Revere] -- they shot the ball very well," Streetsboro head coach Nick Marcini said.

"We got off to a nice start, but now we have dropped two -- but to pretty decent teams.

"We've got some sickness and some injuries. Not to make excuses, but when you run out of bullets in the gun, it's hard. We have to get healthy.

"This is a bad memory, but we have to get on with it."

Revere converted three deep balls in the first quarter to take a 19-15 lead after one quarter of play.

In the second period, the Rockets' Jerry Judd (21 points) and Avery VanReeth (11), who was named to the all-tournament team, each hit threes to keep things close. The Minutemen led 34-31 at the half.

After a basket by Streetsboro's leading scorer, Paul Jenkins, who scored just four points, closed the gap to 34-33, Revere went on a 13-0 spurt to take control.

Against Hudson, the Rockets fell behind by double digits at halftime and never got to within single digits the rest of the way.

The Explorers took control in the second quarter when they outrebounded the Rockets 12-3 (35-17 for the game), hit 5 of 11 shots from the floor and 4 of 4 from the line. Hudson won the quarter 15-6 to lead 24-14 at halftime.

The increased defensive pressure led to three straight Streetsboro turnovers to start the second half. Two steals by Chris Koscho (four for the game) and one by Mitch Guadagni (three on the night) led to six Hudson points and a 16-point bulge.

The Explorers built a 40-21 lead going into the fourth quarter, but Reggie Dublin made things interesting for the Rockets in the fourth quarter.

But a pair of Kevin Zullo three-pointers in the final period sealed the deal for Hudson.

Zullo made five three-pointers on his way to a team-high 15 points. Chris Koscho had 10 points and Derek Schwarz added eight points and 12 rebounds for the Explorers.

"We like coming down here," Marcini said. "It's real tough competition. We like to spice up our non-league schedule coming here. We always play Hudson first. It's a great program and a big Division I school."

Streetsboro is scheduled to visit Portage Trail Conference rival Kent Roosevelt Jan. 3. The Rockets are set to visit Garrettsville to play PTC County Division foe James A. Garfield Jan. 7. Both varsity games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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