RVC boys open season with rout

By RICHARDJ. MARCUS
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

SEBASTOPOL — Rincon Valley Christian opened its boys basketball season in impressive fashion on Tuesday night with a 73-45 drubbing of host Summerfield Waldorf in a non-league game.

RVC (1-0), which was the runner-up in last season’s North Coast Section Division VI title game, is fielding an even deeper and more experienced team than last season’s Eagles. RVC wasted little time in taking control of the game at the Brook Haven Middle School gym, smothering the Mustangs (0-2) early and often with a blistering pace.

“I liked our ball movement and we played well as a team,” RVC coach Darren Nelson said. “We had Summerfield on their heels for most of the game.”

With RVC sporting a much deeper bench and a clear height advantage over Summerfield, the Eagles were able to dictate the tempo of the game.

“I think RVC is better than they were last year,” Summerfield coach Mike Carroll said. “They have some nice players. Can number 25 (RVC’s Garrett Robert) play or what?”

No doubt it was Robert who was the star of the show for the Eagles as he totaled 28 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists in only three quarters before the Eagles went to their bench.

“Robert was the best player on the floor, by far,” Nelson said. “He had some really nice passes. He makes his teammates look good.”

Leading 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles scored 17 straight points to take a 29-7 lead and essentially put the game away. RVC led 42-15 at halftime.

The second half was played even with RVC holding a 31-30 edge but the outcome was never in doubt.

“These guys (RVC) are long and athletic,” Carroll said. “It’s a long season we have to get better.”

The Mustangs’ all-everything player, Ilan Zur, scored 27 points and had seven rebounds. Zur, one of the most prolific junior scorers in the state last year, was constantly harassed throughout the game by Eagles defenders.

“We wanted to focus on Zur. We knew he was their (Summerfield’s) cash-cow,” Nelson said. “We wanted to make sure all of his shots were contested.”

Nelson’s strategy worked even though Zur got his points as the Mustangs didn’t get much scoring from the rest of the team and had to go to their thin bench early.

“Two of our seniors, Danny (Ramos) and Ilan, got into foul trouble early and because of Rincon’s length, Ilan only got seven rebounds,” Carroll said. “He usually has a double-double (in points and rebounds) every game. Rincon didn’t do anything special on Zur but they played him athletically.”

RVC held Summerfield to eight rebounds in the first half and had a 35-28 advantage for the game.
Nelson said he was pleased with the Eagles’ start to the season.

“We did a good job attacking the rim,” Nelson said. “I feel good. We played pretty solid defense. I think we can compete with schools that are bigger than us and surprise some teams.”