Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 16:22
Last season’s upset loss laid to rest as Rockets roll to easy win in CLC rematch
The significance of last Friday’s trip to Stockbridge wasn’t lost on the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ basketball team.
The Rockets returned to the gym where they were upset, 46-43, in one of their toughest defeats of last season and vowed not to have a repeat performance in a Central Lakeshore Conference rematch.
This time, they laid frustrations to rest with an 89-37 victory that was never in doubt.
“We had a good heart-to-heart with our players before the game,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jim Meinen said. “I asked them to remember that they have choices to make, and it’s up to them to make good choices.
“I was pleased with the way they responded. We played well.”
Eleven Rockets scored in the game, led by guard Weston Meinen’s career-high 26 points. The senior hit 12 of 15 floor shots.
T.J. Obbink and Luke Kaat added 10 and eight points, respectively.
Cedar Grove-Belgium wasted no time taking control against a young Stockbridge team that has no seniors. The Rockets roared to a 21-4 lead in the first quarter, held a 50-12 edge at halftime and steadily padded the margin in a reserve-filled second half.
The Indians didn’t reach 30 points until the final period.
The only Stockbridge player to score in double figures was Cliff Dylan with 14 points.
The win evened the Rockets’ league and overall record at 1-1.
Sheboygan Lutheran 64, CG-Belgium 50
A strong first half wasn’t enough to save the Rockets when they opened the season with a CLC road loss Nov. 30.
Junior Sam Dekker poured in a game-high 39 points and topped the 1,000-point mark for his career in carrying Lutheran to a comeback victory. Dekker also had 12 rebounds.
Cedar Grove-Belgium held a 26-22 lead at halftime, but Dekker erupted for 16 points during a third-quarter flurry that put the Crusaders ahead, 45-38.
“We did a good job on Dekker in the first half, but he started making some tough shots,” coach Meinen said. “He’s just an outstanding player.
“It was a tough first game of the season for us on the road against a good team.”
The Rockets were led by Meinen and Josh Ruppel with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Jon Herzog had nine points, and Kaat added eight.
Cedar Grove-Belgium faced Kiel in a nonconference game Tuesday and will resume their league schedule with 7:30 p.m. home games Thursday against Elkhart Lake and Dec. 14 against Howards Grove.