The Hendersonville boys basketball team opened the 2020-21 season Tuesday night with a 64-55 victory over visiting Rockvale High School.
Big man Graham Charlton paced the team with a game-high 24 points while Hays Pfaffman poured in 13.
“When you have an area focus and they go out and execute you feel well,” Hendersonville head coach Clancy Hall said. “Rockvale is a talented team that does what they do well. I was happy to see us keep them out of the paint tonight and then control the offensive glass.”
Hendersonville ended the contest with 16 offensive rebounds and 28 points in the paint.
“We have the ability to be a great offensive rebounding team,” Hall said. “We challenged Grant tonight; and we’ve asked him to be that guy and we hope he can be.”
The Commandos led at the end of each quarter, by three after one and by six at the break.
The Rockets knocked in two 3-pointers in the first half and came out on fire to start the second half, but could never find their rhythm after the third frame.
Rockvale kept the game tight for 32 minutes, routinely cutting their deficit to only one possession, but each time the Commandos made a play to extend their lead.
“Those are the things you can’t coach,” Hall said. “Good players make plays and that is what you saw tonight. Hays 3 when they cut it to four in the fourth quarter was huge — plays like that got us the win tonight.”
The Commandos are back in action on Thursday on the road at White House Heritage.
“It’s like we are starting all over on Thursday because we get back two starters that will play valuable minutes,” Hall said. “White House Heritage is a completely different team than Rockvale, completely different sets, different style of play. Our goals tomorrow at practice are to think about what we can improve and go on the road and try to execute those things.”
Hendersonville (64): Graham Charlton 24, Hays Pfaffman 13, Steven Simerka 7, Jordan Zuger 6, TJ Lane 6, Harrison Perry 3, AJ Owens 3, Ellis Ellis 2.
Rockvale (55): Jacob Beasley 16, Isaiah Davis 12, Kareem Sharif 14, De'Eric Patton 11, JT Hathway 2