Remsen St. Mary’s boys take perfect record into break
REMSEN — Remsen St. Mary’s will take an 8-0 record into the holidays as they knocked off Akron-Westfield 76-37 on Tuesday, December 19.
“We did a good job tonight of going out and getting after it,” RSM Head Coach Scott Ruden said. “I was happy with that. I’m looking forward to Christmas break, but we’re looking forward to getting back to the gym afterwards. We’re just hoping to get more practices and get a little more fine-tuned.”
Much like their last home game against Kingsley-Pierson, the Hawks jumped out to a 10-0 lead within the first few minutes and were in control the rest of the way. Nicholas Ruden dunked the ball for the team’s second score of the game and that seemed to set the tone for the rest of the night. Ruden led the team with 17 points and had seven rebounds.
Nick Jacobs finally ended the drought for the Westerners midway through the first quarter with a deep 3-pointer. It came on the team’s first possession after Head Coach Jon Harris had already used two timeouts. He had to use a third with 51.5 seconds to go in the quarter as RSM had built their lead out to 19-3. Conner Anderson hit a 3-pointer out of that timeout and the team’s first 12 points all came from beyond the arc as the Westerners couldn’t get anything going down low. In fact, A-W hit more 3-pointers (7) than closer shots (6) over the course of the game.
Leading 40-16 at half, the Hawks continued to pour it on in the second half, outscoring the Westerners 20-7 in the third quarter with a Spencer Schorg 3-pointer from the right wing starting the running clock late in the frame. He ended with 16 points and added five rebounds and assists.
Derrick Schorg ended with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.
Carter Kuchel and Skyler Waldschmitt each finished with nine points in what Coach Ruden called an all-around team effort.
“It was a great team effort,” Ruden said. “I thought we shared the ball well tonight.”
Anderson led the Westerners with 14 points as he hit four 3-pointers. Jacobs was held to half of his season average as he had 11 points with nine of those coming on three 3-pointers.
Ruden gave props to his defense for holding the Westerners to a season-low in points and keeping Jacobs to a minimum.
“I’m just super happy with our defense and the kids on the floor getting loose balls,” Ruden said. “They were going after it, diving for lose balls. When you get Mitch Schiltz, Spencer Schorg and those guys doing that, that just makes us even better. I thought we did a really good job on Jacobs because he’s a good ball player and shooter and I thought we rattled him.”
Remsen St. Mary’s will look to keep its perfect record intact once play resumes on Jan. 4 when Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn comes to town.