Rocky Hill Boys Basketball Takes Second in 14th Annual Mariner Classic Tournament
- Broome Street Academy 73, RHS 60
- RHS 102, Springfield Commonwealth 75
The Mariners had mixed results in the 14th Annual Mariner Classic, dropping their first game to visiting Broome Street Academy (NY) and setting off an offensive explosion against Springfield Commonwealth. Though Rocky Hill struggled to get into a groove in their first game versus Broome Street, they still hustled and played a physical game.
Senior Tedrick Wilcox took All-Tournament honors for Rocky Hill School with a whopping 68 points on the weekend. Seniors Mo Danmola and Steven Lora shined against SCA and Sophomore BJ Jenkins stepped up as the Mariners’ primary ball-handler.
“We are going into winter break feeling pretty good,” said Coach Mahmoud. “We’ve played some tough teams that have exposed some weaknesses that we needed to correct before we get into our major NEPSAC games.”
Tough Week for Mariners as Putnam Science Took Home the Win
- Putnam Science Academy 67, RHS 26
In their second game in three days against out-of-conference upper-level opponents, Rocky Hill Girls Basketball fell to Putnam Science Academy. Freshmen Kaeley Zito and Paige Johnson stood out as playmakers in a physical match-up.
“This was the second game this week that we played an upper level opponent. We had a meeting this week about mental toughness and set some goals for our season. It was nice to see the girls compete for 32 minutes, we didn’t win the game but there was no quit in our approach the the game. The second half was a milestone for our team, they showed resiliency and gave 100% effort. I’m proud of where we are as a team right now. We are ready to compete in the SENE and these two games prepared us for conference play,” said Coach Tobey.
Girls Varsity Basketball returns to action after winter break.
Mariners Can’t Keep Pace with Springfield Commonwealth Academy
In a tough road match-up with a Springfield Commonwealth Academy squad that included three Division-1 recruits, Rocky Hill Girls Basketball struggled to find their rhythm. Senior Johnette Williams continued to impress with her leadership but the team could not get into an offensive groove against the aggressive SCA defense.
“Tonight we played a great team. They were well coached, extremely athletic and provided us an upper level challenge,” commented Coach Tobey. “We did not respond as well as I would have liked but I told the girls that we need to be challenged and forced outside of our comfort zone if we wanted to improve. We learned a lot about ourselves and we grew despite the score of the game.”
Mariners Fall to Hyde in Pioneer Valley Tip Off Tournament
In a tough defensive match-up, Rocky Hill School fell to Hyde School, which is a NEPSAC Class C opponent. Senior Tedrick Wilcox put in a great effort, but ultimately it was not enough for the Mariners, who had faced a tough road game two days before.
“All of these early games are great learning experiences and exposure for our guys,” said Coach Mahmoud. “By the time the conference comes around, we will be ready for any opponent.”
Boys Basketball has a full week of practice before hosting their 14th Annual Mariner Classic Tournament next weekend.
Mariners Have Strong Showing Against Top Brewster Prep
- Brewster 97, RHS 63
- Steven Lora led RHS with 27 points
Rocky Hill School Boys Basketball took a long trip to visit Brewster Academy for the chance to play their Prep team, which is one of the top basketball programs in the country. Though they didn’t walk away with a win, they were able to compete at a high level. Steven Lora led the charge with 27 points including three 3pt shots, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Tedrick Wilcox added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Danmola and Hayes chipped in with 9 and 8 points, respectively.
“Overall, it was a valiant effort from the Mariners who worked until the very end, showing no fear against some of the nation’s best talent,” said Coach Mahmoud.
Rocky Hill heads to the Pioneer Valley Tip Off Tournament on Sunday.
Rocky Hill Displays Strength in St. Andrews Victory
- RHS 75, SAS 54
- Freshman Gavin Jenkins scored his first points as a Mariner
Boys Varsity Basketball added another in the win column in a SENE league match-up against St. Andrews School. The Mariners dominated possession and displayed a deep bench with deadly scoring potential. Seniors Steven Lora and Tedrick Wilcox combined for 31 points, with Kobe Polley adding 14 of his own.
“Despite a slow start, we got rolling,” said Coach Mahmoud. “Solid bench play helped ease the workload and allowed us to keep a consistent high velocity of pace of play.”
The Mariners face Brewster Academy on the road on Friday.
Mariners Cruise to Conference Win Over Williams
- RHS 28, Williams 13
- Charlotte Boss was the leading scorer with 10 points, including a pair of 3’s
Coach Tobey and her squad continued their steak of strong games, posting a win over Williams on Wednesday. Playing in front of a packed gym, the Mariners locked down their opponents with tight defense and several forced turnovers.
“Tonight the girls did an exceptional job on the defensive end of the floor,” said Coach Tobey. “I challenged them to win the game on defense and they responded only giving up 2 points in the first half. Offensively we knew we would see zone and they executed beautifully with great spacing and ball movement!”
Rocky Hill returns to the court next week as they hit the road to take on SCA.
Rocky Hill Claims Second Place in Mariner Classic
- RHS 26, Fisher Island 22 in first game
- RHS 15, Capital Prep Harbor 32 in championship match
With a new coach and a new squad, Girls Varsity Basketball had a strong showing in their home tournament. In their first match up, they out-shot a competitive Fisher Island team. However in the championship game, they faced a talented Capital Prep Harbor with height and a deep bench. Kaeley Zito was the high scorer for Rocky Hill in each of the contests, with Johnette Williams playing strong in the center.
“This weekend was a great tune-up and we were able to see how we are coming along as a team,” commented Coach Tobey. “Against Fishers Island, our young players showed a lot of poise and maintained a lead throughout the game. In the Championship we competed well against an extremely athletic team. We gave a great defensive effort in the first half, in the second half, Capital Prep used their strengths and their size advantage showed in the rebounding column.”
The Mariners host Williams School on Wednesday.
Mariners Win Hard Fought Game over Southwest Academy
- RHS 57, Southwest 56
- Senior Steven Lora led the team with 21 total points, including 5 three pointers.
In their season opener versus Southwest Academy, which is a basketball academy from Canada, Rocky Hill narrowly escaped with a one-point win. This game was a part of the Zero Gravity Showcase, which brings top programs from across the United States, as well as other countries. Great poise down the stretch and execution allowed the Mariners to ultimately pull out the win in a well-matched contest.
“This is a strong indicator of many good things to come this season,” said Coach Mahmoud.
The team hosts St. Andrews in a conference match-up on Wednesday.