The Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team returns to White Mountain League action today, Tuesday, against a Canyon Day team the Mavericks edged 49-46, less than a week ago.
Feb. 16 at Canyon Day School, the Mavs jumped out to a 17-14 lead and expanded it to 27-18 at halftime before CD roared back to within three points.
"The second half was really a battle," Mav coach Grant Coley said.
Sean Dougherty led the RCMS offense with 11 points.
Cody Waterman tallied nine points, corralled seven rebounds and dished out three assists. Dakota Marshall drew laurels from Coley for his nine point contribution and Landen Johnson was cited for an excellent all around effort that included eight points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Elden Siverson "played some great defense," Coley said.
In WML action Feb. 14, the homestanding Mavericks awarded their coach a big Valentine by whipping the archrival Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets 43-19.
"We played in-your-face defense and ran out to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter," Coley said. "At half, we led 22-10."
A thorn in the Jackets' side all afternoon long was Waterman who tallied 15 points, hauled in five rebounds and blocked four shots.
Siverson finished with eight points, three assists and two steals.
As efficient as the offense was, it was the RCMS defense that drew Coley's praise.
"The young men stepped up their defense, especially Cliff Lopez and Elden Siverson who shut down the Yellow Jackets point guard," he said. "We need to continue to improve, the next games are going to be tough ones."
Game time today is 5:15 p.m. in RCMS gym. The eighth-grade game will be preceded by seventh-grade clash at 4 p.m.