25-point effort by the Emeralds Kyle Tiglas not enough to advance boys in districts
The Emeralds’ season again came to a familiar end with a 66-56 loss to the Rudyard Bulldogs in the Dis- trict 93 opener.
“It was a tough loss,” Mari- etti said. “We started out strong. I thought we played a good enough game to win, but again didn’t shoot very well. Shooting fewer than 40 percent from the floor and only 50 percent from the line at this point in the season is not going to get it done. It’s been our Achilles heel all season.”
Looking to end a three-year dis- trict drought against their visitors, the Emeralds came out strong, out- scoring the Bulldogs 19-14 in the first eight minutes of play.
Taking advantage of their trips to the charity stripe, Rudyard out- scored the Emeralds 22-15 in the second to control a two-point lead at the break. Eight of their 22 points in the quarter came from the free throw line.
Tyler Wilson led the way for Rudyard, scoring seven of his 21 points in the period.
“A lot of the calls were fouls,” said Marietti. “We just don’t move our feet as well as we should. It went both ways.”
Tiglas again led the Emeralds with nine points in the period and finished the night with a game-high 25.
Up by two, Rudyard extended their lead to seven by outscoring the Emeralds 14-9 in the third.
“We had chances. We were in a one-and-one midway through the third, but missed a couple of front ends from the line,” said Mari- etti. “We work our butts off to get fouled, then can’t take advantage. It was a big difference in this game. They would make a move to the basket, get fouled and turn it into three points. We’d do the same, ex- cept we would miss the shot and the free throw.”
Rudyard finished the night 17-of- 25 from the line, while the Emer- alds went 10-of-20.
Rudyard pulled away and held on to a 10-point lead late in the fourth.
With the loss, the Emeralds finish the 2011-2012 season with a 6-16 record, 2-10 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference.
Rudyard went on to win the dis- trict championship with a 75-47 win over the LaSalle Saints, then lost to Iron Mountain 50-42 in round one of the regionals.
Rudyard: Wilson 21, Cody Mes- nard 16, Jared Meehan 15, Caleb Salo 7, Garret LaPonsie 7Making