The Caesar Rodney boys' basketball team easily dispatched Appoquinimink 75-38 Friday night on their home court. It was simply a tough night all around for the visitors on a very frosty evening heading into the Holiday break.
The Riders exhibited good ball handling skills, and combined with dazzling speed, were able to build a quick 10-3 lead in the first four minutes of the game.
Junior guard Collin Moore dished the ball all around and threw in several free throws to guide the offense, but it seemed like Appoquinimink would be able to keep up with their hosts, at least in the early going. But that was not to be the case.
By the end of the first quarter, the lead grew to 24-13.
In the second quarter, the Jaguars stayed within striking distance behind the playmaking of guards Chris Gibson and Xavier Grayson, and the shooting of Aerio Centeno but trailed by the wider margin of 44-29 by halftime.
Appoquinimink has good size under the boards, but coach Steve Landry said the team is still learning a new system under the first year head coach. Caesar Rodney's speed was also causing problems for the Jaguars big men as it had in the last few games played by Appoquinimink.
Caesar Rodney continued to set the tempo in the third and fourth quarters and ultimately cruised to an easy 75-38 victory.
"We just couldn't get anything going offensively or defensively," said Landry.
He also told his team that their good hustle throughout the game would ultimately help them later in the season.
Appoquinimink is now 2-6 at the Holiday break. Their next game is on the road against A.I. DuPont on Thursday, January 3 at 6 p.m.
The Riders, meanwhile, have won three straight to improve their record to 3-4.
They next take to the court Wednesday, Dec. 26 against Tatnall as part of the Middletown Holiday Tournament. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.