AKRON -- A strong performance led Remsen-Union to a 69-35 victory in an away game at Akron-Westfield on Tuesday.
The Rockets took charge early on in the game and led 20-10 after the first quarter.
"I was really happy with the way we started the game early in the first quarter," R-U boys coach Steve Neuberger said. "We came out shooting the ball well and I was really pleased with the way we defended. That's kind of been the focus for us during the last couple of practices."
R-U kept up the pace and piled on points, resulting in a 42-18 score at halftime.
"In the second quarter we created some turnovers that led to some easy baskets at the other end," Neuberger said.
With a comfortable lead at their backs, the Rockets continued to assert their dominance on the floor and added on to their lead.
The score was 58-24 going into the final stanza.
"Offensively we did some good things. We moved the basketball very well to get our teammates some good open looks," Neuberger said.
At the end of regulation, R-U could celebrate their fifth win of the new year, improving their overall record to 12-2.
To Neuberger, it was the way his team worked against the ball that was the decisive factor in the Rockets' victory.
"Defense set the tone for us," he said. "When you get some turnovers, when you get some fast breaks, points going the other way, that's kind of how we took control of the game last night."
Junior Tanner Hilbrands led scoring with 21 points. Senior Scott Schroeder added on 18, followed by senior Cam Kuchel with eight. Kuchel also led his team in assists with five.
Defensively, Kuchel racked up six rebounds. Senior Danny Smith had four, and Hilbrands had three.
Both Schroeder and Smith came off the bench for R-U, and Neuberger was pleased with their performance.
"It's always good when you have guys coming off the bench and contributing like we had last night," he said.
A-W junior Chance Hoffman scored a team high 11 points.
Junior Nathan Sanchez, sophomore Kevin Carlson and freshman Caleb Colt all had five.
Hoffman also led his team on the defensive end with five rebounds, followed by sophomore Joel Brenner with three.
R-U will travel to Kingsley-Pierson on Thursday.
"K-P is a solid ballclub," Neuberger said. "We're going to have to do well, especially going into their new gym. Hopefully we can have a good team effort like we had last night."
The Westerners (1-12) will face Alcester-Hudson on the road on Thursday.