by Jim Manion | Correspondent
Streetsboro -- The host Streetsboro boys basketball team remained unbeaten in Portage Trail Conference County Division action after earning a 68-58 victory over Southeast Jan. 24.
With the win, the Rockets improved to 10-5 overall and 8-0 in the County Division. The Pirates fell to 6-8 overall and 3-5 in the division.
Streetsboro controlled the glass throughout the evening and took control with 12-0 run. Prior to the run, the Rockets had a slim 51-48 lead with a little more than four minutes left.
Jerry Judd had seven consecutive points during the spurt.
Daniel Sapp led the Rockets with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Dublin added 12 points and Judd finished with 11 points.
Dublin played with a heavy heart after the passing of his grandfather, Shelly Williams, Jan. 23.
"I was glad to see Reggie have a nice game because of his grandfather," Streetsboro head coach Nick Marcini said. "His grandfather never missed a game and was always right at center court in his wheelchair.
"That's very emotional for a teenager and I thought he really hit some important shots for us tonight in the second half."
"I was glad to see Jerry snap out of his little slump also. I thought the guys did a great job on the boards. We wanted to be a plus 10 and we accomplished that."
Twenty personal fouls were whistled in the first half. Sapp led the Rockets' scoring in the first half with 13 points and five rebounds and a pair of steals while leading the Streetsboro full court press.
The Rockets led 31-29 at halftime.
Host Streetsboro also lost a 62-58 decision in overtime to PTC rival Ravenna Jan. 21.
Despite missing 17 of 40 foul shots on the evening, the Ravens made free throws when they mattered most.
Ravenna converted 10 of 14 foul shots in the overtime period. Danny Miller made all six of his free throws in the overtime period and finished with a team-high 19 points.
The Rockets, on the other hand, couldn't buy a basket. They made just 2 of 14 field goals in overtime.
"We played hard and we were there with a chance to win the game," Marcini said. "But when you shoot 2 for 14 from the field in the overtime period, you're not going to win many games."
While they went cold with it mattered most, Streetsboro caught fire near the end of regulation to force the overtime period.
Trailing Ravenna 47-38 with 5:30 remaining in regulation, the Rockets closed out the period on a 12-3 run. Sapp scored seven in the period, while it was teammate Dublin who sunk a corner 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining to give his team a brief 50-49 lead.
Ravenna forward Michael Boltz was fouled on the resulting inbound attempt, and the Ravens big man hit the second of his two foul shots to tie the game at 50. The teams would trade possessions down the stretch, with Streetsboro missing a 3-pointer try as regulation expired.
Sapp finished with a game-high 31 points to go along with 16 rebounds.
"[Sapp] is a really impressive player," Ravenna head coach Phil Starks said. "He's a kid who just always keeps his composure, regardless of what's going on. He had the same look on his face the entire night and didn't get rattled."
The Rockets are scheduled to visit County Division foe Woodridge Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Editor's note: Colin Harris contributed to this report.