SYCAMORE — The Rochelle Hub varsity basketball team showed balance and selflessness on offense to score their first victory of the season during the Strombom Tournament on Friday.
Ten different players scored points while zero players took more than 10 shots as Rochelle dismantled the Sandwich Indians 83-42 to reach 1-1 on the season. Senior Noah Brown totaled 18 points and four steals for the Hubs, who shot nearly 50 percent overall and 45 percent from 3-point range. Senior Tanner Lager added 15 points and seven rebounds, while senior Adam Kemp scored 12 points. Rochelle led Sandwich 49-26 at halftime and forced 20 turnovers.
“It was a big confidence booster for us knowing that we’re going to play them two more times this season,” Lager said. “I think we can be a really special team. We could have five seniors starting by the end of the season and I think we’re capable of making a run. We share the ball really well, we play as a team and I think those are what have helped us succeed in the past.”
After falling to Yorkville on Wednesday and defeating Sandwich on Friday, Rochelle faced Sterling for fifth place in the Strombom Tournament on Saturday. Despite leading 33-29 at halftime, Rochelle was unable to hold off the Golden Warriors, who outscored the Hubs in both the third and fourth quarters to down Rochelle 68-59. Senior Tanner Lager led the Hubs with 15 points and received All-Tournament Team honors for his performance in all three games.
“It was definitely an honor to be named to the All-Tournament Team, especially because it’s a tournament with a lot of good players,” Lager said. “I thought I shot the ball pretty well.”
Junior Raul Aguirre totaled 13 points and six rebounds, while senior Ryan Simmons recorded 12 points and five rebounds for the Hubs, who shot only 38 percent overall and 21 percent from 3-point range. Senior Noah Brown chipped in 11 points and four rebounds for Rochelle (1-2).