Borden beats Rock Creek, 59-53
Rock Creek put Borden between a rock and a hard spot early. Borden batteled back, quarter by quarter to take the victory 59 to 53.
The beginning of the game it appeared Rock Creek could do no wrong. They ran out to a 13 to 3 lead causing Borden to turn the ball over three times in the first six minutes of the first quarter. Borden did close the gap a little but ended the quarter; 17 to 10 Rock Creek.
Rock Creeks’ size kept Borden outside and slowed thier game down. Then they spread their scoring out over five players including Gedeon Nzombi, a 6’7” sophomore to take contorl of the game.
To begin the second quarter Borden went on a 9 to 2 run to tie the game at 19 all. Less than a minute later Rock Creek got called for an offensive foul and coach Chris Brown protested too strongly picking up a technical foul. Picking up three of four free throws Borden went on to outscore Rock Creek for the quarter 22 to 6 and lead at half; 32 to 23 Borden.
Despite Rock Creeks’ size advantage, Borden’s Michael Lynch went inside for three baskets. Backed up by Josh Vollstedt with a 3 and three free throws and hitting 12 of 14 free throws overall Borden was pulling away.
After the half both teams geared it up and went after each other. With agressive offense, good shoting and tough defense neither gave much space. Rock Creek did gain a point on thier deficiet but still trailed at the end of the third; 47 to 39 Borden.
Rock Creek came out in the fourth ready to make a run. In the first minute of the quarter they picked up a pair of 3’s to pull within three at 45 to 48. Borden fought back to take a 53 to 48 lead half way through the quarter.
Borden than slowed the game down. They passed and protected the ball well for over three minutes making one basket when Lynch got himself wide open under the basket.
With a little over a minute to play Rock Creek made a 5 to 2 run that pulled them within four points. But Borden’s ball handling tied up the ball for the last 50 seconds. Borden did add a pair of free throws to finish with a win; 59 to 53 Borden.
Borden’s coach Doc Nash said, “We went for too many threes in the first quarter, after that we went inside and it made a difference. It’s difficult to practice for thier size, but Vollstedt stepped up well and Vick hit his free throws.” Vick hit 9 of 10 free throws and the team hit 15 of 20.
Rock Creek’s coach Chris Brown commented, “The technical foul early in the second quarter hurt us alot, we gave up two possesions at once. We really gave up too many offensive rebounds, we didn’t do well for our size.”
Leading scorers for Borden were: Lynch 14; Vick 13 and Vollstedt 12.
Leading scorers for Rock Creek were: Will Brown 11; Tanner Gerth 10 and Devin Burt 10