In the first round of the state tournament, the Rockets were able to keep pace with the Winnebago Indians behind Trevor Brinkmans 16 point afternoon, but the Indians quickness on defense forced crucial, second half turnovers as the Rockets were defeated 59-50 on Thursday, March, 8 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, NE.
Down 19-13 in the second quarter, Jackson Zastera made a two point basket along with a three point shot by Brinkman. After another two point field goal by Zastera, the Rockets were leading 20-19.
Winnebago went into the half with a 27-24 lead. In the third quarter, the Indians went on a 10-3 run to increase the score.
Trailing in the fourth quarter, the Rockets, Ben Nannen, made two free throws to get the score within six but unfortunately that’s all the closer the Rockets would get as the Indians pulled away for the nine point win.
“We got off to a really good start,” Coach Mark Hrabik said. “They (Winnebago) kind of settled in and their speed kind of effected our offense maybe a little bit more than we thought it would.”
The Rockets played well defensively against Winnebago team who has a high powered offense and likes to get up and down the floor.
Coach Hrabik said his team guarded the Indians two best shooters and that the Rockets made more three point baskets than Winnebago, but the Indians were just too quick.
“You don’t want your season to end unless you win, but this is something they will look back at after awhile and be really proud of,” Hrabik said.
S-D-A finished it’s season with a 17-10 record.
Rockets--Brinkman, 16; Nannen, 11; Wil McCoy, 10; Christian Frederick, 6; Jackson Zastera, 5; Kobe Buller, 2.
Winnebago--LaPointe, 17; Scott, 16; Cleveland, 10.