Cutting down on the turnovers, Tigers win
Enter 6-foot-6 LeRaven Clark and 6-foot-3 Derek David and their combined 14 points and 13 rebounds which propelled Rockdale to its first victory of the young season, 68-35 over Fayetteville.
“We made some personnel adjustments and it seemed to help,” said Tiger Coach Dusty Loewe. “It also helped when you can control the boards (Derek and LeRaven) and not let the other team have several shots each time down the court as in the first game. We handled their press better and didn’t have as many turnovers.”
David played briefly on the varsity towards the end of last season and it wasn’t clear whether Clark was even going to play, but their presence in the paint will be greatly appreciated by Loewe who is trying to rebuild the team.
After turning the ball over 30 times in the season opener, the Tigers trimmed it down to 15 Friday. They also improved their shooting from 24 in the first game to 51 percent.
Already leading 34-26 at halftime, the Tigers limited Fayetteville (1-1) to nine points in the second half, including none in the final stanza.
Cody Skubal pumped in 19 points, pulled down eight rebounds and ripped off three steals to lead the Tigers, while William Dean added 13 points.