Rocket Joe Towers closely guards Adair-Casey's Charlie Terry in P-C's 75-45 district tournament win on Feb. 24.

Rockets dominate Adair-Casey boys 75-45

Tuesday night might be one that the Adair-Casey boys basketball team might want to forget, as Paton-Churdan handed them one of their worse losses of the year 75-45. The Rockets took advantage of six Bomber turnovers in the first quarter and jumped out to a 16-1 lead. A-C had some early success containing center Noah Juergensen in the paint, but had to leave P-C's outside shooters open to do so. That was a big mistake, as the orange and black were sizzling from beyond the arc and connected on eight 3-pointers in the first half. Meanwhile, the defense was making the Bombers work very hard for their shots and was limiting second chance opportunities by pulling down many defensive rebounds.
A-C tried to adjust by putting more pressure on Rocket outside shooters, but that left Noah Juergensen with too many scoring opportunites, and he proceeded to have a 16 point second half. Paton-Churdan expanded their 23 point half time lead to 35 with seconds left in the third quarter. A continuous clock was initiated for the remainder of the game.
 “I don’t know if we can play any better than we did tonight,” said an elated Coach Chris Stimson. “It was a total team effort. When they tried to stop us inside, we hurt them from the outside. We had five different players hit three point shots. It was a great win, but we now we have to get back to work for our next opponent on Thursday.”
As a team, the Rockets made 54 percent of their shots from the field including 9 of 16 triples. They were led in scoring by Noah Juergensen with 24, Jake Carey with 12, and Colton Fitzpatrick with 19, including 5 three pointers. P-C improved to 20-3, while Adair-Casey finished the season 12-11.

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