REMSEN -- Strong defense and sharp shooting added up to a 81-57 win Thursday for the Remsen-Union boys over Spalding Catholic.
R-U boys' coach Steve Neuberger said he was pleased with the Rockets' effort coming back out of the Christmas break.
"I thought we shot the ball extremely well and played some pretty solid defense all game long," he said. "It was a good team victory; a lot of the guys contributed."
They more than doubled their edge against Spalding (2-6) before the half, leading 43-22 at the end of the second quarter.
"We got pretty hot shooting the ball and we had seven three-pointers in the first half," Neuberger said.
The Rockets finished the night with nine treys.
"I was really impressed with the way we moved the ball offensively," Neuberger said. "We played good, unselfish basketball. our guys did a really good job of moving around the perimeter until we found an open shot, and we were able to knock them down tonight."
R-U junior Tanner Hilbrands led scoring with 22 points for the night and two other Rockets were in double figures.
Senior Cam Kuchel scored 18 for R-U and junior Austen Stock scored 11.
Hilbrands and senior Scott Schroeder led the Rockets in rebounds with six each. Senior Andrew Hagert made five steals and three assists, and Stock made four assists. Senior Ethan Van Dam logged another four steals and one blocked shot.
R-U pounds back from the break with four games back-to-back.
Tonight (Friday) they travel to Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn to re-start the Rockets' conference play.
On Monday R-U hosts Boyden-Hull, then on Tuesday the Rockets host River Valley, Correctionville.
"We have a bunch right in a row, so it's nice to get a win on the first game," Neuberger said. "Hopefully this will be a good tune-up for us and we'll be ready to go at Hartley."