Breaking News Bar
posted: 1/23/2010 12:01 AM

Batavia goes inside to put away Rochelle

Success - Article sent! close

There's more to basketball than shooting 3-pointers.

While Rochelle tried to attack with more of a perimeter approach, Batavia elected to pound the ball down low Friday night.

Order Reprint Print Article
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Making the most of their height advantage, the Bulldogs (13-4, 6-2) received double-figure scoring nights from frontline players Ricky Clopton, Levi Maxey and Elliot Vaughn on the way to a 64-49 Western Sun Conference triumph over Rochelle (7-12, 2-7) in Batavia.

Clopton, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, poured in a game-high 28 points to go with 12 rebounds and 5 assists to help lead the Bulldogs to their eighth consecutive victory.

After misfiring on 6 of his first 8 field-goal attempts, Clopton regained his shooting eye, converting 8 of his next 9 shots from the floor. Clopton and 6-6 senior Maxey (12 points, 7 rebounds) each had 6 points during a 12-2 run that helped the Bulldogs turn an early 9-4 deficit into a 16-11 lead.

"We've got eight wins in a row and as long as we keep doing that I'll keep scoring and whatever else it takes for my team," said Clopton, who had 16 second-half points.

"I thought Ricky held us together down the stretch and Levi and Elliot did a great job playing off him," said Batavia coach Jim Roberts. "All three of them did a great job on the glass."

Vaughn, who was forced to leave the game for a brief time after taking a hard foul and landing on his back in the game's opening minute, converted a pair of 3-point plays - the latter extending the Bulldogs' lead to 58-46 with 2:37 remaining.

"It hurt for a while," admitted the 6-6 junior forward/center who finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. "I landed on the high point of the pelvis. It's a pretty good stinger."

Rochelle, which handed Geneva a 67-66 loss Jan. 15, was stung by its own poor shooting. The Hubs connected on 19-of-70 field-goal attempts (27 percent), including a paltry 8-for-37 (22 percent) night from beyond the 3-point arc.

"That's our worst shooting night in I can remember," said Hubs coach Russ Zick. "Maybe they had a lot to do with it but I thought a couple of those shots were open looks. We were just exasperated over there (on the bench). We're a good shooting team but we just couldn't make anything and it got into our kids' heads."

"They have been traditionally a 3-point shooting squad," Roberts said of Rochelle. "Early, we didn't do a very good job getting out on them but as the game progressed I thought we did a better job."

Despite their lack of marksmanship, the Hubs trimmed a 38-22 deficit midway through the third quarter to 47-40 on a 15-foot jumper by Joe Torres (12 points) with 6 minutes remaining.

But the Bulldogs, who were a bit sloppy at times with 19 turnovers, answered with a 13-6 surge, extending their lead to 60-46 on Adam LeTourneau's putback with 1:56 left.

Batavia will look for its ninth win in a row Tuesday night when it visits Western Sun leader DeKalb.

"I think we have been more consistent," Roberts said of his team's winning streak. "And I think we've done a better job of certain things such as getting loose basketballs and limiting teams to one shot."

Share this page