The Rock Falls Rockets defeated Genoa-Kingston 77-65. Cade Nailor of Rock Falls led in scoring with 24 points. The Rockets are now a perfect 6-0 on the season so far and will be playing in the Calmone Classic starting this Saturday.
The Newman Comets were able to close out a one-point win over the Rockridge Rockets 48-47 Tuesday night. With 1.7 seconds the Rockets were in-bounding the ball right under the Newman basket. With the Newman Comet lead of only a point, the Rockets had a massive opportunity to take its first lead of the night and possible steal a win. Rockridge in-bounding the ball to #33 Cole Rusk, who was right under the basket, and went up for a layup. Devon House contested the layup which Rusk missed, but was fouled. With .4 seconds in the game, Cole Rusk of Rockridge stepped to the foul-line for two massive free-throws. The first shot to tie the game at 48 was just off the mark and the Newman side of the gym erupted with cheers. All Rockridge could hope for was to sink the next free-throw and likely send the game into overtime, but unfortunately for the Rockets that wasn't in the cards last night. Rusk shot the ball and it careened off the rim right into the hands of Devon House in which time expired, which sent Newman fans into a frenzy. The Comets were able to preserve their lead and take the victory. Up next for the Comets will be the Forreston Holiday Tournament starting December 15th.
The Sterling boys won a tense 48-47 game against the Rochelle Hubs last Friday night with a last-second defensive play by Isaiah Ryan. With four seconds left in the game Ryan went to the free-throw line for a one-and-one. If he made both free-throws he would put the Golden Warriors up by three with four seconds left, however Ryan missed the free-throw. The Hubs were able to gather the rebound and work the ball up the court for a shot opportunity to put themselves ahead. After just missing his free-throw opportunity Ryan was able to quickly get back on defense and block the last second shot by the Hubs to preserve the Golden Warriors lead and the win. Aiden Shore led the Warriors with 14 points and 17 rebounds. The Warriors improve their record to 4-1 and will play Yorkville this Friday.
The Rock Falls boys were able to preserve their perfect record with a buzzer beater by point guard Dylan Leaf over the Dixon Dukes.With 0.4 seconds left in the game Leaf fired a three-pointer over two defenders that found the bottom of the net and gave the Rockets a come-from-behind victory 43-40. The Rockets shot just 3 of 27 in the first half and trailed 20-10 at halftime. The Rockets will try to preserve their perfect record against Genoa-Kingston this Wednesday.
On today's edition of the Pulse, Sam Woolsey discusses the local basketball results, the Sterling boys and girls basketball games being broadcast on 105.5 WSSQ tonight, the NBA scores from last nights games, and the Cowboys upset victory over the Saints.