The night started decidedly in the favor of the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets. They took an early nine point first quarter lead against the Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians. The game started at sprint and didn't slow down until the final buzzer.

The night started decidedly in the favor of the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets.  They took an early nine point first quarter lead against the Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians.  The game started at sprint and didn’t slow down until the final buzzer.

The second quarter the Indians got hot.  They came out with a 12-2 run and put five points between them and the Rockets.  The Rocket defense slowed the Indians, forced some turnovers, and got on the defensive boards.  They tied the game at 25, with a minute-thirty in the half, but Jay Garcia came off the bench and hit a three right away.  A Gionni Robertson bucket made it a five point game to end the half, with the Indians up 30-25.

The Indians went run-and-gun all third quarter, daring the Rockets to keep up.  And they did, but the Rockets couldn’t get the ball inside and were forced to shoot from beyond 15 feet.  The Indians went up by 15 with just over a minute left in the third, their largest lead of the game.  The Rockets pulled within 12 to end the quarter, down 47-35.

The Rockets came on really strong defensively in the fourth, forcing more Indian turnovers all over the court.  But Rockets didn’t convert on enough of them, and in some instances gave the ball back on their half of the court.  They got within eight, then six, but just couldn’t get enough stops.  The Rockets outscored the Indians in the fourth, 14-11, but it wasn’t enough.  The Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians held off the New Rockford-Sheyenne Rockets to win 58-49.

“It was a hard fought game by both teams,” said Indian head coach Rick Smith.  “It was a fast game, and I thought both defenses played extremely well.  I thought both offenses played a little soft at times, but it was a great game for a great crowd.  We just got to the low block a few times more than they did.  For us this is a good game to go into next week with.”

Johnny Fedfox led the Indian scoring with 16 points.  Jayden Yankton had nine points.  Three players had seven, Frank Gourd, Jay Garcia, and Bronson Walter.  The Indians went 12-16 from the line, and had 20 turnovers.

Rocket Tucker Longnecker led all scorers with 20 points, and Bo Belquist had 16.  The Rockets went 18-21 from the line, and had 15 turnovers.

The Rockets play the Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals next week.  The Indians play the Rolla Bulldogs.