Monday, January 18, 2016

Sheldon Grabs First Place In Delta League Basketball

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Drew Cobb wasn’t supposed to play Friday night. He sprained his ankle in Sheldon’s 92-73 romp last Wednesday at Davis.

But, Sheldon head coach Joey Rollings was glad Cobb was able to play Friday.

“We weren’t going to play him, but he said he was ready so I tried him to see what he does,” Rollings said.

The 6-3 junior came off the bench during the second quarter and sunk three buckets at a time when Jesuit was trying to make a comeback on Sheldon after being down 16-4 midway through the first quarter.
Joey Rollings has a word during a break in play with Elishja Duplechan and Drew Cobb

But, the Marauders, who came into the game with an identical 3-0 record to Sheldon in the Delta League, just couldn’t catch the high-flying Huskies Friday. Sheldon raised its league mark to 4-0 with a 74-64 win over Jesuit.

“I think we were playing our game,” Rollings said of the Huskies quick start to both halves. The Huskies had a 50-36 lead early in the third quarter.

“We were moving, hitting our shots when we had to,” Rollings added. “When we got stagnant, we didn’t score. When we move the ball, play our game, find the guy, we hit the open shot.”

The Huskies are now tied with Grant atop the Delta after two weeks of league play.

The night really belonged to the Sheldon shooting of Elishja Duplechan, Devin Greene, Matt Manning and Isaiah Brooks. They all combined to make ten three-pointers.

Duplechan led the clan with 21 points. Manning had 20, while Greene scored 13 points and Brooks added 11.

“They were open,” Rollings said. “I told them they had to shoot and Jesuit plays a sagging man. So, I told them if they were open, take the shot. They are good shooters in practice and never miss, so ‘you might as well shoot here.’”

At the same time, Sheldon was able to hold Jesuit’s top scorer Malik Duffy, a 6-7 post,  to 19 points.
“He’s good and he’s got good size to him, but we’ve faced seven-footers in (Las) Vegas who are athletic and can get up and down the court,” Rollings said. “He can shoot the ball well, he’s got good hands inside.”

Manning mixed some close-in jumpers with a couple threes of his own.

“I felt good,” the 6-6 senior said. “I got a good rhythm going and played well tonight. We really wanted to prove a point tonight and just state that we really wanted to be number one and we want to win the league and show everybody what we can do this year.”

Greene started off the game with making a three-pointer on his first shot.

“We spend a lot of time in practice shooting and that’s the difference…and defense,” the senior guard said. “We have a lot of weapons because everyone can shoot the ball.”

After Wednesday’s league action, there will be just one undefeated club atop the Delta. The Huskies travel to Grant for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The Pacers have surprised most people with four straight league wins after going 4-6 in non-league play.

Complete Delta League round up in Tuesday's Elk Grove Citizen

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