With two games in the books, the Rocket boys’ basketball team has already shown impressive traits while picking up two big wins.
S-D-A won at Falls City 50-44 on Friday, Dec. 2, and took down Fort Calhoun at home on Saturday, Dec. 3, by the count of 69-52.
Monty Roberts, who had missed preseason action due to a football-related injury, suited up and played in the team’s jamboree game on Tuesday of the game week and played well in both contests.
Not only did Roberts play in the Falls City game, he also went the whole way without substitution, showing that he had really worked to be in good physical shape for the start of the season.
“I think it is safe to say that he is at full speed,” said Coach Mark Hrabik.
The Rockets were scheduled to play this week on Thursday at Johnson County Central and on Saturday at home against Raymond Central. S-D-A will play at Nebraska City and Lincoln Lutheran on Dec. 13 and 16.

S-D-A 50, Falls City 44
The Tigers specialty is creating defensive pressure, and that has caused the Rockets problems in the past, but the team responded well, executed its game plan and took advantage of offensive opportunities created by Tiger agreession.
Ethan Zastera had what Coach Hrabik believes might have been the best game of his Rocket career by scoring 16 points and also adding 10 rebounds.
S-D-A was ahead by two after one quarter, advanced the lead to nine by the start of the fourth quarter and made just enough free throws down the stretch to keep the Tigers from rallying.
“It was a good win for us,” said Hrabik. “Down there—it’s a very tough place to play.”
In addition to Zastera’s points, Roberts had 14 while Ben Nannen had seven. Trevor Brinkman and Christian Frederick had six each and Blake Zoller had one.
Kyle Leafty led Falls City with 13 points.

S-D-A 69, Fort Calhoun 52
Offensive skills were on display for the Rockets in the Saturday night home win.
“We have the ability to explode and we did that in the second and fourth quarters,” said Coach Mark Hrabik.
The Rockets won the second quarter 21-10 and the fourth quarter 22-9.
Fort Calhoun’s top player had 15 first half points but was limited to three the rest of the way, which hurt the Pioneer cause.
Such unilateral offense was not an issue for the Rockets as S-D-A finished with four double-digit scorers.
Brinkman led the way with 17 points while Roberts had 15, Nannen added 11 and Zastera had 10. Just outside of double figures was Frederick with nine. Zoller had five and Colby Buller had two.