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By Matt Lofgren | Correspondent
Streetsboro survived a last-minute push by visiting Field to snap a five-game losing streak with a 51-44 victory Friday night.
It wasn't pretty, but when Rockets coach Nick Marcini needed his seniors to step up, they did.
"We've got a lot of guys that haven't been in those close situations," Marcini said. "It was a good experience for them. We've just got to be able to handle the pressure in the end, and luckily we had a couple seniors step up and hit some foul shots.
"But at the end of the day, a win's a win. We'll take it any way we can get it."
Field (2-5, 0-5 PTC Metro) fought its way back into the game by utilizing tough defense. In the final two minutes of the game, the Falcons forced four crucial turnovers that either led to buckets or free-throw chances for the team.
Falcons coach Jon Lane said he was unhappy with the result, but pleased to see how far his team has come.
"We feel like we've made some progress with the break," Lane said. "Streetsboro put it to Springfield pretty good and Springfield beat us, and we just took Streetsboro to the last minutes of the game."
All game long, it was the little things that could have made the outcome of Friday's game a lot different. Both teams had success forcing turnovers, but neither side could effectively sink easy layups.
"I was just talking to the guys and I told them we got beat by a good team, but if you go back over the easy shots that we weren't able to finish at the rim, we would have had enough points to beat them," Lane said. "That's hard to accept when you know you lost and there are shots right at the goal that we couldn't finish."
Marcini echoed what Lane said, but said his Rockets (4-5, 3-2) have been struggling for most of the season with missed opportunities.
"It's been like that for a majority of the year now," Marcini said. "We've just got to keep working hard and get these guys concentrated to just be strong. I think that's our problem right now."
The one constant for either team was Streetsboro's Brandon Gency, who put forth a blue-collar performance when his team needed him. Gency had 13 points, most of which came in the paint, and looked for his best chance to strike under the basket.
"In practice we really emphasize rebounding, mainly offensive rebounding, and tonight I just got after it and crashed the board," Gency said. "Then I found an open lane to run."
One of the taller players on the Rockets' roster, Gency is used in Marcini's offense to run the point. Marcini said that Gency creates a mismatch in Streetsboro's favor when he's on the court.
"He' running a lot of the point guard for us, being a bigger guy, because we don't have a true point guard," Marcini said. "We've been working on getting him the ball in the post and getting some mismatches with him. He did a good job early on getting it going, then in the second half they adjusted and started putting more guys on him."