After pulling ahead by six points in the second half, the Rockets fought off a valiant second half comeback bid by the Knicks to score a 22-15 victory on Saturday at Darien High School. The Knicks rallied to tie the score before the Rockets secured the game with a late seven-point run.
Teddy Fuller and Nick Karlik both moved the ball well and had several assists while Nicholas Duffy and Max Gasvoda played scrappy defense and kept the offensive pace humming. Patrick Burke added five points to his strong defensive effort and Paul Hagar swished a baseline shot for the Rockets.
The Knicks were led by Charlie Olsen with five points and some dazzling drives to the basket as well as several blocked shots. Ryan Baird contributed a bucket and Charlie Baylis made it look effortless on his way to four Knicks' points.
The always-hustling Drew Evanchick had several steals and four points while Alex McKay played tough defense and added multiple rebounds. Brett Durbin paced the Knicks on offense with exceptional ball handling and Matt Gould and Connor Sullivan were all over the court on offense and defense keeping plays alive.