Posted On: 03/2/18 10:05 PM
Five Takeaways: Rock Creek vs. Clay Center
HOLTON, Kan. — The first of two sub-state semifinals on Friday saw Rock Creek defend their No. 1 seed with a 64-52 win over Clay Center.
Rock Creek advances to face No. 2 seeded Marysville at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Here, Prep Hoops Kansas takes a look at five things that stood out in the contest.
Vogts a smooth operator (pictured)
He didn’t put up big numbers on Friday, but Rock Creek 2018 guard Martin Vogts showed why he is widely considered to be among the state’s top players in Class 4A. The Barton CC commit spent a lot of time playing along the baseline or in the post against Clay Center’s zone, but when the game was on the line, it was Vogts who was largely responsible for handling the ball and keeping things under control. He is a smooth ball handler with a good looking perimeter jumper, but his best attribute might be his court vision and passing abilities.
Clay Center 2018 forward Anthony Enneking proved to be tough to contain for Rock Creek as the 6’4 forward scored 12 points in the final frame before fouling out with two minutes remaining. He picked up his third foul and went to the bench late in the first half, opening the door for Rock Creek to build a 10-point lead at the break.
Rock Creek 2021 Dawson Zenger impressed with his all-around game on Friday and is a player to watch in the future. He is a 5’10 guard with good handles, a smooth perimeter shot and the ability to be crafty off the bounce and make plays. He got a lot of playing time in the fourth quarter when the game was on the line and finished with 13 points.
Marple big off the bench
Mustangs 6’0 2018 guard Logan Marple put together a big second half off the Rock Creek bench, scoring mostly on lay-ups in transition as the Clay Center defense broke down. Marple scored 10 points in the second half.
A 6’0 2018 guard, Clay Center’s Nathan Libby had some struggles with Rock Creek’s defensive pressure, but overall put together a solid all-around game on Friday. He showed the ability to knock down perimeter shots, got to the basket and was tough at the defensive end as well.