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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Three years ago, the Streetsboro boys basketball team moved up to the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.
After two solid seasons, the Rockets returned to the County Division this season.
It seems like they never left.
Streetsboro improved to 11-5 overall and 9-0 in the County Division after posting a commanding 67-39 victory over Woodridge Jan. 31 in Peninsula.
"Just about everyone scored," Rockets head coach Nick Marcini said. "It was a good team win."
Streetsboro is scheduled to play Mogadore Feb. 6 on the road.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
If the Rockets beat the Wildcats, who were 7-2 in the division as of press time, they will clinch their first division title since the 2010-11 season.
That happens to be the last time Streetsboro competed against County Division teams.
"That was our goal of the beginning of the year," Marcini said. "Everything that happens after that is just gravy."
The Rockets started off rather inauspiciously.
Eventually, though, Streetsboro's swarming, pressing defense proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to handle.
"We started off slowly in the first quarter," Marcini said. "We took some bad shots and we turned the ball over a couple of times."
The Rockets were able to pull away, thanks to some stellar free-throw shooting. Streetsboro made 21 of 30 shots from the charity stripe.
"We had been erratic at the line," Marcini said.
Reggie Dublin knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 21 points for the Rockets. Daniel Sapp added 19 points for Streetsboro.
"Reggie made some 3s on a couple of ball reversals," Marcini said. "Danny has been taking it to the basket. I thought Paul Jenkins played well."
Marcini also had high praise for his defensive stopper, Prince Franklin.
"Prince has played six really good games in a row," Marcini said. "I always say he's the best player on our team in terms of his role. He's great defensively and he takes care of the ball."
The Rockets are scheduled to host PTC foe Kent Roosevelt Feb. 7 before heading to Poland Seminary Feb. 11. Both varsity games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.