BUSSEY — The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets had their best offensive game of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Sabers held on for the 73-66 non-conference boys’ basketball win Monday night in Bussey.
The Rockets placed three players in double figures, led by Trevor Swartz's incredible 42-point effort. The Sabers had two players in double figures, but had more complementary players contributing to the outcome.
The first quarter was high scoring and close throughout. Twin Cedars jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Swartz hit the first of his eight 3-pointers on the night.
Otis Roby’s old-fashioned three-point play put the Sabers up 13-8. Again Swartz answered with a 3-pointer and hit a third later in the quarter to pull EBF within 15-14. Rocket freshman Peyton Walker buried his second trey to give the Rockets their first lead of the night at 17-15.
Dylan Springer scored for Twin Cedars to tie it. Roby’s two free throws were offset by Swartz scoring the final five EBF points of the first quarter to give the Rockets a 22-19 lead.
It was evident throughout the opening quarter that fouls and the free throws were going to be critical. EBF had at least two starters pick up two fouls in the opening minutes, leading to eight charity shots for the Sabers in the opening quarter.
Seven of those Saber free throws belonged to Roby, who would continue to attack the basket and have 13 attempts from the foul line by halftime. Roby would finish the night with 21 free throw attempts.
While that might seem like a lot for one guy, Roby has had as many as 28 attempts in a game just a couple of weeks ago.
“I've been getting to the basket a lot lately and when they started in man (defense), I looked for that,” said Roby. “Our offense can score in a couple different ways and I think attacking is part of that.”