by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
After a sensational start, the Streetsboro boys basketball team has fallen on hard times in recent weeks.
Fortunately for the Rockets, help is on the way.
Senior Danny Sapp, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward, was expected to make his debut this week. The transfer from Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin has practiced with the team throughout the season. Due to Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, Sapp was forced to miss the first half of the season.
"Danny gives us a little bit of a boost," Streetsboro head coach Nick Marcini said. "He's a good player. There is no doubt about that. He gives us rebounding, ball-handling and shooting."
The Rockets could have used more of all of those things Jan. 11.
Streetsboro, which started off 6-0, fell to 7-4 on the season after losing a 37-28 decision to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls.
CVCA, a Division II regional semifinalist last season, got a game-high 19 points to go along with nine rebounds from Mike Peters. The Royals (8-2) took control when they outscored the Rockets 13-2 in the third quarter.
"They [the Royals] run that Princeton offense where they try to lull you to sleep," Marcini said. "We went to our 2-3 matchup zone to get them out of their comfort zone and then they did the same thing to us. It was kind of a grind-it-out battle."
Despite its offensive woes, Streetsboro was within striking distance in the final period.
"We got it to four and then we missed a shot," Marcini said. "We could never get over that hump."
Paul Jenkins led the Rockets with 12 points.
The news was much better for Streetsboro the previous day.
The host Rockets improved to 5-0 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division after posting a 59-44 victory over Waterloo Jan. 10.
Streetsboro outscored the Vikings (2-8, 1-5) 22-11 in the fourth quarter after Waterloo got back in the game in the third period. The Rockets had a 32-25 lead at halftime.
"It wasn't easy," Marcini said. "They [the Vikings] fought and cut it to four in the fourth quarter. We were able to pull away late in the game. I always tell the guys, 'We're going to get everybody's best shot.'"
Jerry Judd led Streetsboro with 18 points and Reggie Dublin and Jenkins added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Rockets.
Streetsboro is scheduled to visit County Division rival James A. Garfield Jan. 15 in Garrettsville. The Rockets are set to entertain County Division foe Rootstown Jan. 17 and PTC rival Ravenna Jan. 21. All three varsity games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.