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Burlington Central used a deep rotation and balanced offensive attack to take down Marengo 63-48 on Saturday night in Big Northern East action.
A total of 12 different players saw the floor for the Rockets (6-11, 4-0), and all but one of them got into the scoring column as coach Brett Porto rotated in waves throughout the game.
“It was nice to see some guys step up tonight, and as a whole it was good to see some different guys put the ball in the basket,” said Porto. “Hopefully that can be a springboard, because we’ve struggled with bench scoring at times so it was nice to see our bench put some points in the basket today.”
In total, the Rockets bench tallied 22 points with James Raney leading the way with six on a pair of three-pointers. Dan McCurdy added four points, three rebounds and two blocks and center Duncan Ozburn had four points, five rebounds and a block.
The Rockets benefited from a solid shooting night overall as they connected on 24-of-58 attempts from the field (41.4 percent), including a 6-of-17 showing from beyond the arc.
Things were close through the first quarter, but the Rockets extended a four-point lead at the start of the second quarter into a 10-point lead at the break.
They took their biggest lead of the night when Moter Deng hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to close out third quarter, putting the team up 51-36 as they coasted to victory from there.
The three-pointer was one of the few highlights for the usually dynamic Deng, as he shot just 3-of-13 from the field and finished with eight points to go along with seven rebounds.
“(Moter) does a lot of things for us, and he creates a lot of chances for other people even when he’s not scoring the basketball,” said Porto.
Point guard Malik Harris led the Rockets offense with 12 points, while Ryan Ritchie added nine. Bryce Warner chipped in five points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
It was a nice win for a Rockets team that had dropped three straight heading into the game, as they look to turn things around in the second half and set their sights on a postseason run.
“This is just the beginning of the season and we think that playoffs is just another season, so the regular season wins and losses don’t matter to us, it’s kind of just the postseason that we’re concerned about,” said Warner.
Adam Rogutich had a game-high 21 points for Marengo (6-10, 2-2), while Andrew Volkening had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.