7th grade game
CMS 34 – Soroco 7
8th grade game
CMS 41 – Soroco 9
At the midpoint of their season, the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams are keeping on rolling.
The seventh and eighth grade teams both handled Soroco in back-to-back games Friday afternoon at CMS.
The seventh grade won first by a final count of 34-7, then the eighth-graders put up a 41-9 tally to finish off a good day for Bulldogs basketball.
In the first game of the afternoon, the Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-2 lead after one quarter on the strength of some good offensive rebounding. Dominic Pascetti had four points in the opening frame, mostly via the offensive glass.
It was an aspect of the game head coach Justin Folley said the team had been working on.
“We’ve been working real hard the last couple weeks on boxing out,” Folley said. “We did a lot better job of getting position and making sure we were able to get a lot of those offensive rebounds.”
The Bulldogs did not increase their lead in the second quarter, however, going into halftime with a 12-6 lead. That’s when Folley challenged them not to let up.
“I made a challenge to them for that second half of getting ahead and staying ahead,” he said. “Generally we get ahead and let those teams come back a little bit. I didn’t want that. They did well, they manned up to it.”
CMS came out in the third quarter and ran all over Soroco, more than doubling its score while holding the Rams to just one point. Fast break baskets, more rebounding and tough defense put the Bulldogs ahead by a much more comfortable margin, 26-7.
In the fourth, they were able to mostly coast, and finished with the 34-7 victory.
The eighth grade team was more dominant from the start. Kennan Hildebrandt scored six of CMS’s 11 points in the first quarter, running the baseline and getting baskets against Soroco's soft 2-3 zone.
The Bulldogs’ defensive pressure bothered Soroco throughout the first half, creating turnovers and allowed the Bulldogs to get into their up-tempo offense.
“We like to push the ball if we can to get an easy layup,” head coach Drew Morris said. “It’s better if we can get a layup cause we’re not the best jump-shooting team.”
After taking a 21-2 lead into halftime, CMS backed off its defensive pressure somewhat, but kept right on scoring. Bronc Hellander had a good second half around the basket and finished with 14 points to lead all scorers.
Morris said the 41-9 final score was a good performance from his team.
“I think we played decent defense,” Morris said. “Our offense really carried us. We could always improve on our rebounding and effort.”
Both teams have shown improvement since the season began Oct. 20. That is what the coaches are really looking for.
“(Our progression) is a bit slower than I want to see, but it’s getting there,” Folley said. “Today was the best I’ve seen our offense run. We’re going to hit that next level and just keep going.”
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Craig Daily Press Sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.