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Bowers hits 4 treys, leads Rochester past Oregon-Davis

Leasure’s 12, Hunting’s 11, Medina’s first-quarter treys contribute to win


Sports Editor, RTC

Brock Bowers hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 16 points, and Ethan Medina hit a pair of 3s during a 13-0 first-half run to lead the Rochester boys basketball team past Oregon-Davis at the RHS gym on Feb. 9.

Paul Leasure added 12 points, and Luke Hunting had 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Zebras, who improved to 7-8.

Cameron Taylor led Oregon-Davis (2-14) with 15 points.

Rochester played without freshman forward Tanner Reinartz, who was out sick.

That gave an opportunity to play to Medina, a 6-0 junior forward who had spent more time on the JV than the varsity prior to the O-D game.

His 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:01 left in the first quarter put Rochester ahead for good at 10-7 and started the 13-0 run that covered the first and second quarters.

Bowers added a 3 from the right wing after an offensive rebound, Hunting drove and scored after another offensive rebound, and Medina hit a 3 from the right baseline to make it 18-7 after one quarter.

Tarick McGlothin hit Robert Bozzo for a layup to open the scoring in the second quarter. That made it 20-7.

“I thought our pressure fullcourt kind of got us going, and obviously we shot the ball well early,” Rochester coach Rob Malchow said. “As the game went on, they handled the pressure better, and we did miss some looks that we’d like to think we’d knock down.”

Rochester was playing for the first time in 11 days. A snowstorm that belted the area forced a postponement of a road game against Southwood schedule for Feb. 3. Two practices were canceled, and one was made optional. Malchow said only about half the players attended the optional practice. So this game was good for “shaking off some of the dust.”

The Bobcats never got the deficit under nine after that. Rochester led by as many as 19 in the third quarter.

“We got off to a slow start,” Oregon-Davis coach Larry Sennert said. “That’s for certain. We have trouble putting the ball in the basket sometimes. We do a lot of good things, but ultimately, to win games, you’ve got to put the ball in the hoop.”

Bowers hit two treys in the second quarter, and he added another bucket cutting from the right baseline and scoring off a McGlothin feed and a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

Malchow calls Bowers and Medina “a two-headed monster.”

“He’s very smart, and I think he does a good job of knowing how to pass the ball to his teammates to set them up for shots,” Malchow said of Bowers, whose breakout 15-point performance against Manchester occurred less than three weeks ago. “He rebounds well. So I think he’s just been doing such a good job, he and Medina, since we brought them up.”

Hunting scored seven points in the fourth quarter.

The JV game was canceled due to Oregon-Davis’ lack of numbers.

Rochester 58, Oregon-Davis 41

OREGON-DAVIS (41) (2-14)

Cameron Taylor 6 1-2 15, Layne Fisher 2 1-2 5, Caleb Seese 1 0-0 2, Ethan Huitt 2 0-0 4, Conner Danford 3 1-3 8, Cashton Swanson 0 0-0 0, Brayden McMillan 0 0-0 0, Trevor Campbell 0 0-0 0, David Wieger 0 1-2 1, Carson Matthew 3 0-2 6

TEAM: 17 4-11 41

ROCHESTER (58) (7-8)

Tarick McGlothin 1 0-0 3, Paul Leasure 5 1-2 12, Brock Bowers 6 0-0 16, Aaron Huffman 1 0-0 2, Luke Hunting 3 5-6 11, Owen Prater 0 0-0 0, Dylan Hook 0 0-0 0, Evan Elliott 0 0-0 0, Robert Bozzo 2 2-2 6, Ethan Medina 2 0-0 6, Xavier Vance 1 0-0 2

TEAM: 21 8-10 58

Three-point field goals:

Oregon-Davis 3 (Taylor 2, Danford),

Rochester 8 (Bowers 4, Medina 2, Leasure, McGlothin)

Total fouls: Oregon-Davis 11, Rochester 11

Turnovers: Oregon-Davis 16, Rochester 17

Score by quarters

Oregon-Davis 7 10 6 18 – 41

Rochester 18 12 11 17 – 58

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