Boys basketball update

The Falcons raid the court of RHS


Photo Courtesy of Nick Gerbi

Preston Schroyer, Sports Editor

The Varsity Falcons started off the 2021-22 basketball season hot and hope to continue that into the rest of their season. They went into winter break with a 4-0 record and were scheduled for one game during the holiday break against Fraser, however, that was canceled due to the spread of COVID among Fraser players. Rochester continued their practices throughout the break and it paid off, as they came into the first game of 2022 with confidence and beat Avondale. 

As Avondale stepped on to the Falcons home court, Junior Jaiden Bolden got the offense rolling in the first half as he had 8 points. The Falcon defense was suffocating the Avondale offense, as Avondale had under 15 points in the first half. The game eventually got out of reach for Avondale as the Falcons took a commanding lead in the 4th quarter. Great performances were given by Juniors Jaiden Bolden and Alex Bueno, along with Senior Humzah Abu Shanab off the bench. 

Rochester has really bought into playing hard on defense this year, which is going to be key for winning games.

I believe defense is really important and it has been a big part of the success I have had as a coach,” said Head coach Mr. Nick Evola. “I think the guys have taken pride in making hard nose defense a priority from day one. It has been very noticeable in games up to this point, since we are only allowing 38 points per game.”

Seniors Connor Cracium and Armaan Hussaini have been three-year varsity players and have noticed the change this team has made.

“This team has improved in everything, from better defense to better team chemistry,” said Hussaini. “Most importantly, we are working hard at every practice and it’s paying off in the games. Our hustle and ability to score in transition has been a big part of our success so far. If we can start trusting in our teammates just a little more, we can take this team to the next level.” 

Make sure you come out and support our Rochester Falcons in the rest of their games this year: on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Falcons play Oxford at home, and on Friday, Feb. 4, they play in the annual Crosstown Showdown against Adams at Oakland University. Bring your Falcon spirit and cheer the team on!

Photo Courtesy of Nick Gerbi