Joe Rocca Leads Offensively, Rohan Boney Takes PG Duties as McMaster Defeats Brock
St. Catherines, ON–After a rough end to the Ryerson Rams tournament this past weekend, the McMaster Marauders were looking to start 2013 off the right way; with a 79-73 victory over the Brock Badgers they would do just that. With a balanced defensive game the Marauders were able to keep the Badgers off the foul line and cause costly turnovers late in the game.
Throughout the first half it was a back and forth game as neither team saw a lead bigger then six points. On the back of second year guard Joe Rocca (23 pts 17 in the first half) who was a sniper from just about everywhere on the court, McMaster would go into the half up 39-38.
Both teams came out to start the second half very slow and with a lack of intensity on both ends, however the Badgers would be the first to strike taking the lead for much of the third quarter.
However, the Marauders would fight back. Despite being in foul trouble, Aaron Redpath (18 pts 7 in the first half) would lead the Marauders on the offensive end, along with more fire power from Rocca.
The hot shooting would allow McMaster to retake the lead and not look back; although Brock would try to strike again late in the game, MAC didn’t crack under pressure as Taylor Black (10 pts) would go to the foul line and seal the win for the Marauders.
Freshman Rohan Boney (12 pts 6 ast 6 rbs) stepped up big for the Marauders throughout the game, but especially late with Redpath fouling out and having to take over the point guard duties.
“Roh has the ability to simplify and complicate the game at times. I think tonight he simplified it. Played hard and fast and didn’t dwell on mistakes. It worked for him tonight because he trusted himself and his teammates,” explained MAC Head Coach Amos Connolly.
The Marauders will play again Saturday January 5th as they host the Laurier Golden Hawks at 3pm.
NPH Top Performers
- Joe Rocca 23 pts – hitting 8-9 from the foul line
- Aaron Redpath 18 pts 4 rbs
- Rohan Boney 12 pts 6 ast 6 rbs
- Taylor Black 10 pts 8 rbs
- Didi Mukendi 16 pts 6 rbs
- C.J. Smith 16 pts
- Mark Gibson 13 pts