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Record-Courier staff report
Through one quarter of play on Friday night, the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders boys basketball team found themselves in a very difficult position.
The Streetsboro Rockets, playing at home, had built a commanding 18-3 lead by playing solid defense, collecting defensive rebounds and getting out into transition to get easy buckets.
Fortunately for the Riders, they had three quarters to regroup.
And they did, capturing a 58-55 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division comeback win.
The Rough Riders would go on to outscore the Rockets in the game's final three quarters to not only slowly inch back into the game, but eventually pull ahead.
Late in the game, P.J. Grant split the front-end of a one-and-one free throw, then Corey Mitchell stepped to the line and sank a pair of pressure shots from the charity stripe that put Roosevelt up 58-55.
Streetsboro, however, had one final shot a 3-pointer that would have forced overtime, but the shot was no good.
Out of timeouts, the Rockets had to improvise on the fly for the last attempt.
Mitchell led all scorers with 15 points, while Roosevelt also received double-digit efforts from Miles Wright and Joe Watts, who both dropped in 12 points.
For Streetsboro, the team was led by Paul Jenkins's 14 points, while Devin Rencher had 12 and Jordan Matusik 11.
While Roosevelt gained its bearings in the second quarter, foul trouble was also working against the Rockets. It was an issue that plagued the team throughout the rest of the game.