RICHMOND – Richmond-Burton senior guard Tyler Anderson hardly looked like someone who spent most of two months with his shooting hand in a cast and still has pins in his left thumb.

Or someone with only a handful of basketball workouts after playing for the Rockets’ Class 4A state championship football team.

Anderson appeared as if he had been practicing for a month. His stroke was smooth; his aim was true.

After Marian Central scored seven consecutive points to tie the score, Anderson nailed a 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining. He proceeded to grab rebounds of Hurricanes’ misses on the other end and drain free throws after he was fouled.

Anderson scored 11 of his 16 points in that final stretch as R-B held off Marian, 67-59, Tuesday night in their nonconference game at Lou Ramirez Gymnasium.

“My wrist is a little sore from being in a cast,” Anderson said. “But it feels good. It doesn’t really hamper my shot.”

R-B (3-3) had a seven-point lead slip away as Marian (1-5) tied it at 53 with 2:30 remaining. Both teams turned it over twice before Anderson delivered the key bucket, a 3 from the left wing with 1:50 remaining.

On the next trip, the Rockets got it inside to forward Jake Barthel for a layup.

“I got the ball down low. We were looking to work it around,” said Barthel, who scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. “I saw an opening and turned and faced the basket.

From that point on, Anderson made 7 of 8 free throws, and Payton May made a pair to give R-B the victory.

R-B was able to overcome 25 turnovers against Marian’s 1-2-2 ball press. The Rockets had their first full practice with six players from the football team Monday night.

“We haven’t worked on a press-breaker yet,” Rockets coach Brandon Creason said. “I just hoped [Hurricanes coach Charley Walsh] wouldn’t press, and he came out and pressed, and I thought, ‘Oh, boy!’ It’s hard to get them to run something we’ve worked on.”

Marian was led by guard Jakue Baranski with 23 points and guard Ben Moscinski with 19. The Hurricanes did not have the turnover struggles R-B had, committing only 10, but shot only 28.6% (20 of 70) on field goals.

“We made that run to get it to 53-53 and had two empty possessions in a row. So did they,” Walsh said. “If we could have got one of those baskets, instead of 7-0 it could have been more. The game hung right there, and we couldn’t quite take it. Credit to them. They closed it out.”

Creason was not surprised that Anderson, a third-year varsity player, came through.

“He’s a competitive kid, a strong kid,” Creason said. “We saw that on the football field. Guys like that have played in some big games here. I don’t feel like they’re too rattled as far as pressure moments. Those football guys have certainly faced some pressure moments bigger than what we’ve thrown at them so far.”

Logan Hutson, another football player, hit three 3s and scored 16 for the Rockets. Payton May added 13.


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Anderson scored 11 of his 16 points in the last 1:50 of the game to help the Rockets seal the victory. He hit a 3-pointer, then made 7 of 8 free throws.


25: Turnovers R-B committed against Marian Central’s 1-2-2 ball press.


Several of R-B’s players were on the Class 4A state championship football team and have only attended a few practices. Rockets coach Brandon Creason gave them the option of practicing last week and had his first full practice Monday.

Richmond-Burton 67, Marian Central 59


Baranski 8 4-4 23, Moscinski 6 6-8 19, Shukis 0 0-0 0, Pivnicka 0 1-2 1, J. Giangreco 3 0-0 9, Saxelby 3 1-2 7, Truckenbrod 0 0-0 0, Stumpf 0 0-0 0, Cimino 0 0-0 0, L. Giangreco 0 0-0 0, Raso 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 12-17 59.


May 4 4-4 13, Schmidt 1 0-0 3, Barthel 5 1-3 11, Griffin 0 0-0 0, Anderson 3 8-9 16. Hutson 6 1-1 16, Legnaioli 1 2-3 4, Abate 1 0-0 2, Miller 0 2-4 2, Lindholm 0 0-0 0, Huber 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 18-24 67.

Marian Central 14 16 13 16 – 59

Richmond-Burton 15 19 13 20 – 67

3-point goals: Marian Central 7 (Baranski 3, J. Giangreco 3, Moscinski), Richmond-Burton 7 (Hutson 3, Anderson 2, May, Schmidt). Total fouls: Marian Central 19, Richmond-Burton 12.