Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL

  • Canton's Rhodes scores 47 as Little Giants top Bombers in overtime
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  • When Canton scorer Hunter Rhodes gets it going, he can be near impossible to stop.
    The Macomb boys basketball team found that out the hard way as Rhodes went off for 47 points in the Little Giants' 64-62 overtime win over the Bombers in the second round of the Macomb-Western Holiday Invitational.
    "I thought he did a real nice job, he was able to penetrate into some jump shots and the best thing he did was get to the foul line," Macomb coach Jeremy Anderson said. "He ad 22 free-throw attempts, which is outstanding for a high school guard to get to the line that much."
    While Rhodes was the man for Canton scoring the ball, his biggest play may have been an assist.
    With Macomb leading by two late in overtime Rhodes went to the basket, then kicked the ball to Brock Vogel, who hit a three to give Canton a 63-62 lead with 11.8 seconds left in the game.
    "Give a lot of credit to Canton, then made a lot of big plays," Anderson said. "They hit some big shots.
    Of course, the only reason Canton was able to get to overtime was a Rhodes three-pointer that tied the game with 1.6 left in regulation.
    Rhodes had two tries, as his first shot was off, but the Little Giants grabbed the rebound and found an open Rhodes who hit the game-tying three.
    "They got the biggest rebound of the game, it looked like a desperation shot, but somehow they got the rebound, they kick it out to hit a shot to tie it, so you have to give them credit for that," Anderson said.
    Early in the game it was all Canton as the Little Giants led by 10, 38-28 early in the third quarter, but Macomb found a way to chip back into the game.
    "I thought from about the four minute stretch in the third on we played really well, we played really good basketball," Anderson said. "We were a little lackadaisical to start the game, we're identifying some of outré weaknesses by playing this good competition, which is going to help us."
    Blake Lowderman led Macomb back into the game, scoring 26 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.
    Lowderman's fifth foul hurt because not only did Macomb lose its best scorer, but also a key ballhandler, defender and free-throw shooter.
    "I think it really hurts that game because he's our go-to guy," Anderson said. "But maybe in the long run it helps because other guys are put in that situation where they have to handle the ball against the pressure and they have to make plays we need at the end of the game."