(updated 10:30 p.m.) Rogers runs past Flyers, 94-74 (2-28-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 28 February 2014 22:04
Rogers' Alejandro Williams (left) guards Lake's Jared Rettig as he handles the ball during their Division II Sectional match Friday night at Clay High School. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
OREGON  — Lake won 21 games this season by pushing the ball in transition at every opportunity.
Friday night in the Division II sectional final at Oregon Clay, the Flyers found themselves battling a Toledo Rogers team which also likes to run, is athletic, and has a 6-foot-9, and a 6-7 inside presence.
Rogers, which advanced to the state championship game in Division I last season, jumped ahead early and never let Lake get untracked on the way to a 94-74 win.  PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘When you want to run with us, it’s OK,’’ Rogers head coach Earl Morris said. ‘‘We can play half-court, too, but we are more effective when we are out and running.’’
Morris said he was not surprised Lake didn’t try to slow things down.
‘‘That’s the way they have been playing all year,’’ Morris said. ‘‘You don’t change for one game.’’
‘‘Everything I thought could hurt us, did,’’ said Lake head coach Ryan Bowen. ‘‘We had to keep them off the offensive glass, which we did not do.’’
Lake tried to attack the basket early in the game, but was not successful.
‘‘We had good transition looks. We just didn’t go to the hole hard enough. We told them don’t worry about getting your shot blocked, attack the glass. We did not do that,’’ Bowen said. ‘‘You just can’t prepare for 6-9 and 6-7. We don’t see it in our league. ... We were boxing out, but it’s hard to box out 6-9 and 6-7. They played pretty well down deep. Everything they missed, they just got the rebound and put it back in.’’
Rogers made a 13-2 run to start the game and never trailed in the contest.
‘‘We had to play catch-up the rest of the time,’’ Bowen said.
The Rams were up 20-11 after eight minutes and 45-28 at the half. Freshman Jacob Rettig came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter for Lake.
Lake was 10-of-27 from the field at the half, including 6-of-13 on 3-pointers with seven turnovers. Rogers countered by going 21-of-36 from the field, including 18-of-28 on two-point field goals.
The pace picked up in the third quarter as the teams combined for five baskets in the first minute of the second half.
The teams combined for 57 points in the third quarter, as the Rams took a 75-54 lead into the final quarter.
The teams were basically even in the final quarter as Lake’s Connor Bowen scored 14 of his game-high 30 points.
In addition to Bowen’s 30 points, Jared Rettig and Jacob Rettig each scored 12 points for the Flyers. Jared Rettig and Todd Walters each had eight rebounds.
Lake finished the game 28-of-62 (45.1 percent) from the field, including 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) on 3-pointers, and 6-of-15 (40 percent) at the free-throw line with 14 turnovers.
‘‘We knew it was one heck of a matchup for us,’’ coach Bowen said. ‘‘But the tournament is not supposed to be easy.’’
Fadil Robinson, who is 6-9, led Rogers with 26 points and 19 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures for the Rams.
‘‘I knew we were in good shape today because they were quiet on the bus coming over here. Normally, they would be hollering and whooping it up,’’ Morris said. ‘‘We played a complete game, almost. ... We try to get balance. We have some guys every now and then will go off into their own, but tonight they played a decent game.’’
Rogers, 14-9, faces Defiance in the district semifinal.
The Flyers, who were tied for sixth in the final state poll, finished 21-2.
‘‘I told the kids this game does not define our season,’’ coach Bowen said. ‘‘It was a great season, but the problem is that people remember this game. But I have to make sure they (the team) remember what a great season we had.
‘‘And we have everybody back, but one kid.’’

ROGERS 94, Lake 74
Copeland, 8-0—16; Austin, 6-2—18; Jackson, 5-2—12; A. Williams, 5-0—10; Robinson, 13-0—26; Belcher, 2-1-0—7; A. Williams, 2-0—4; Fowlkes, 0-1—1. TOTALS: 41-3-3—94.
Jared Rettig, 5-2—12; Walters, 3-0—6; C. Witt, 0-2-0—6; Nea, 0-2-0—6; Bowen, 7-4-4—30; Jacob Rettig, 0-4-0—12; A. Williams, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 16-12-6—74.
ROGERS    20    25    31    18    —94
LAKE    11    17    26    20    —74
Last Updated on Saturday, 01 March 2014 09:25

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