By Mitchell Boatman
The Mona Shores trio combined to score 54 of the team’s 66 points in the R-P gymnasium. Sailor head coach Doug Burse called a much-needed victory.
“It’s a great win for us,” Burse said. “When we initially came out I wanted the guys to show more energy. Tonight they shared the ball and were happy for one another.
“Night in and night out it’s a struggle for us. We needed this win, bad. It showed the guys we could share the ball and have fun and bring some energy.”
Walker led all scorers with 26 points, including 21 in the second half.
“It was definitely a team effort,” Walker said. “I think from last year to this year we’ve improved a lot. Plus we’re young. There’s a lot more to come.”
Despite not making a shot from the field until the second quarter, the Rockets were able to keep in close early. Mona Shores led just 8-3 after one quarter, with all three R-P points coming at the foul line.
The teams traded baskets for most of the second quarter, with the Rockets grabbing a brief 15-14 lead with 2:43 left in the half.
Carter then caught fire for the Sailors. The junior guard rattled off three consecutive three-pointers and a driving lay-up for a personal 11-0 run.
Mona Shores added two more points before the half, making it 27-15 at the break.
“We knew they were going to key on Jarvis Walker, so Davarius Carter had a different plan for them,” Burse said. “We fed him (the ball) and the energy started there, with him making a few threes.”
After a quiet first half, Walker began to take over in the third quarter, scoring 12 points. The Sailors outscored the Rockets 24-17 and had a 51-32 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
“The third quarter for us has been terrible,” Burse said. “We wanted to come out and change that tonight. We came out on fire and I was very pleased.”
Walker added nine more points in the fourth, going 5-for-6 at the free throw line.
“Just be aggressive,” the standout sophomore said of his second-half mentality. “If I get doubled, just find my teammates and spread the ball around.”
The Rockets won the fourth quarter, outscoring Mona Shores 23-15, but never drew closer than nine points.
Carter and Gilbert each scored 14 points for Mona Shores.
Emcee WIlliams scored 17 points to lead Reeths-Puffer. Kaleb Mitchelson added 13 and Carter Fulton scored eight.