The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Sports

January 11, 2013

Trojans no match for Rox

COVINGTON, Ind. — The game between Covington and Rockville was played in two acts. The first lasted five minutes and the second took the remainder of the contest with the Rox winning 57-36.

In that first five minutes, two things were dominant: the outside shooting of the Rox and the adrenalin flowing through the veins of the Trojans.

Rockville opened the game with a pair of three-pointers by Gary Ulrich. Alex Frechette then hit a lay-up for Covington, but Nick Waltz hit another trey for the Rox followed by a jumper from Jordon McFall and a lay-up by Joel Wittenmyer.

Those four combined to give the visitors a 14-2 lead in a run that finally was stopped by a three-pointer by Chandler Spring at the end of the five-minute first act.

In that same span, the Trojans struggled offensively, throwing high, hard and often wild passes – being what their coach, Kent Chezem, called “too excited.”

Once Spring hit that long jumper, the Trojans seemed to relax and act two began.

Down a dozen before that shot, Covington closed out the quarter on a 7-4 run to trail 18-9 after one period.

“I think once we got past that early anxiety, we played much better,” said Chezem. “We started to execute the way we should.”

Travis Coleman hit the first basket of the second quarter to cut the margin to seven, but the Rox went on an 8-0 run as they took advantage of some Covington mistakes and fed the ball inside to Lane Mahurin for several lay-ups.

Spring hit another jumper at that point for Covington, but the Trojans ended the half down 32-17.

The Rox only have about six players they use right now, according to Rockville coach Dave Mahurin.

“These guys understand their roles and we use our experience — we played probably 75 or 80 games as AAU or Rockville this summer — to read the game,” he said. “We’ve got some seniors who know their roles, but everybody steps in and does their job — that’s what we tell them in practice.”

Reading the Trojans when running their offense worked for the Rox most of the night, but there were times when their defense let them down a bit – usually by overplaying.

At the start of the third quarter, Jordan Ahrens scored six in a row to pull Covington within nine, but then Mahurin went hard to the basket appearing as if he were going to dunk.

James Foley stopped Mahurin from making the basket but the officials called him for an intentional foul – giving Mahurin two free throws and the ball to the Rox.

Mahurin made his two from the line then Ulrich hit his third trey of the game and what had been Covington cutting the lead to under double digits was suddenly Rockville up fourteen.

From that point on, the Trojans could do little besides trade baskets as the Rox, with their big lead, started to slow the game down.

They did not it well enough to please coach Mahurin who said, “You don’t try strange things when you’re trying to hold a lead – especially against a sectional opponent who is as athletic as Covington. We told them tonight and we’ll be making that point again in practice tomorrow.”

Chezem did not like the outcome of the game, but said he was pleased that his team kept competing despite the score.

“We’ve got a bunch of sophomores going against their experience,” he said. “I saw our kids grow up during the course of this game and that’s encouraging to me.”

Asked if was looking forward to playing the Rox again, Chezem replied, “Well, my players do – and they’d like to play them again right now.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - CN0731 - Dans photo 1 Danville boots one away DANVILLE — Keith Shumaker, an every day first baseman, was tied for the team lead in RBIs this season, before making his first start on the mound.But that was the least of the concerns for the Danville Dans, who made four fielding errors en route to

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • Local Sports Calendar TODAYProspect League BaseballWest Virginia Miners at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.Local TennisMcTagertt Tennis Tournament at North Montgomery, 3:30 p.m.FRIDAYLocal TennisMcTagertt Tennis Tournament at North MontgomerySATURDAYLocal TennisMcTagertt Tourname

    July 31, 2014

  • SPT - CN0730 - Dans baseball photo 1 Dans continue to struggle DANVILLE — The Danville Dans haven’t exactly been playing their best baseball in the second half of the season. After taking the West Division title in the first half with a 19-11 record, Danville has played sub-.500 baseball in the second half and c

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0730 - Illini football media photo Experienced Illini looking for success CHICAGO — Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Tim Beckman is hoping that the third time is the charm.Beckman begins his third season at the helm of the Illini, and with the nucleus of last season’s team returning, it may finally be time for Illinois

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - CN0730 - Purdue football media photo Hazell hopes for smooth second season CHICAGO — After a season to forget in 2013, Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is expecting better results as his team begins training camp next week. Hazell spoke to the media during the 2014 Big Ten Football Media Days at the Hilton Chicago, and afte

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Calendar TODAYProspect League BaseballHannibal Cavemen at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.THURSDAYProspect League BaseballWest Virginia Miners at Danville Dans, 6:30 p.m.Local TennisMcTagertt Tennis Tournament at North Montgomery, 3:30 p.m.FRIDAYLocal TennisMcTagertt

    July 30, 2014

  • SPT - CN0729 - Dustbowl photo 2 Repeat performance Championship Sunday was in full swing at the 42nd Annual Dustbowl at David S. Palmer Arena. In the men’s division it was defending champions Leek & Sons against the Hickory Beavers. Leek & Sons made it back to back championships with a 29-point victo

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - CN0729 - Brickyard photo Gordon kisses 'The Bricks' for 5th time INDIANAPOLIS — The common gift for a 20th anniversary is either china or platinum.But for Jeff Gordon on Sunday, he was more interested in the PPG Trophy made of gold, sterling silver and alloy aluminum and the native of Pittsboro, Ind., wasn’t going

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Old friends meet again in city tourney DANVILLE — Gene Gourley and Bryan Stine have a lot of history on the tennis court. The two of them, who have been playing each other at the Danville Tennis Center for over 20 years, renewed their rivalry again on Sunday during the Greater Danville Ar

    July 29, 2014

  • SPT - CN0729 - Junior Dustbowl photo Free throws decide junior Dustbowl title DANVILLE — In the boys’s Division it was DV Stars vs. Squad for the Championship with the Squad coming back from an early 16-point deficit to beat DV Stars 59-55 in overtime. Squads Parker Lee made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left in regul

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

E-edition
NJCAA Tourney Photos 2014


Check out the action at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Tournament March 18-22 at DACC. Buy photos from the Commercial-News here: http://smu.gs/1iCWKnP

Must Read
AP Video
Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob