Through four games, the Syracuse-Dunbar-Avoca boys’ basketball team has proved itself to be an athletic group with a dynamic defensive ability and a potent offense capable of going off for big points at any time.
Coach Mark Hrabik said he feels those attributes were definitely on display during the Rockets’ wins last week against Johnson County Central on Thursday and Raymond Central on Saturday.
Against JCC, the Rockets won the first quarter 14-3 but felt they didn’t take advantage of some offensive chances. They didn’t miss those in the second quarter. Trevor Brinkman and Ethan Zastera hit three-point shots in the second quarter and three-quarter court defensive pressure allowed the Rockets to pile up points with guard Monty Roberts being a very active participant in that process.
By half, the Rockets led 36-7.
The story was similar against Raymond Central as the Rockets were up 15-8 at the end of the first quarter. Coach Hrabik said his team missed some lay ups in building its first quarter lead. In the second quarter, four Rocket players hit for three-point shots and the team won the frame 28-2 to take complete command of the game.
Going forward, the Coach Mark Hrabik said his team will try to build on a fast-paced identity that counts on balanced offensive production and a pressuring 1-3-1 defense that produces turnovers.
Offensive efficiency going forward will be the key. Coach Hrabik said the Rockets know there will be tough foes on the upcoming schedule so the team won’t be able to count on as many steals resulting directly in lay ups.
They won’t grind their high flying attack to a halt in those tough games, however. Coach Hrabik said long possessions are not something that fits this team’s character. The Rockets will hope to build a fast pace that lends itself to an increasing number of shots. In that scenario, Coach Hrabik said the Rockets are confident they can make more shots than their foes.

S-D-A 66, JCC 32
Four players had double figures as Monty Roberts hit for 20, Ethan Zastera had 14; Ben Nannen had 12 and Trevor Brinkman had 10. Christian Frederick nearly had double figures. He had eight. Blake Zoller added two.

S-D-A 68, RC 26
Scoring leaders for the Rockets in the win were Ben Nannen, 18; Monty Roberts, 14; Ethan Zastera, 12; Trevor Brinkman, nine; Blake Zoller, six; Christian Frederick, four; Sam Goering, three; and Grant Hallstrom, two.