Rueckert's 31 carry Wright

January 11, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Chris Rueckert, who has stepped up his play in recent weeks, had the kind of game many had been predicting of him for some time, as he led C. Milton Wright to an 82-58 Harford County League victory over visiting Fallston (7-4, 1-2) last night.

Rueckert, a 6-foot-7 senior, had 31 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in helping the Mustangs boost their records to 5-4, 2-1, while running their winning streak to four. The point total was the team's highest of the season.

It was the sort of game that develops when one team has a Rueckert dominating play at both ends, and the other has trouble making shots or rebounding.

Wright, behind for most of the first 10 minutes, gave an indication of what was to come during a four-minute stretch of the second quarter when it went on a 13-2 run to overcome a five-point deficit. The home team led at the break, 26-22.

Rueckert, who had helped in the spurt with two baskets, four rebounds and three blocks, did it again in the third quarter. He had three baskets and three rebounds in one stretch that contributed to a 13-5 burst that was expanded to 17-6 and a 43-28 lead with two minutes left in the period.

"Chris has been improving every game," said coach George Considine. "His confidence is growing and he's starting to realize what he can do. Not only does he have size and strength, but a nice shooting touch, too."

It took the Mustangs, who have only Rueckert and Rob Spicer as seniors, at least five games to begin to play as a unit.

The season opener -- a 59-57 loss to Centennial -- was the only game in which Rueckert has not scored in double figures, and he was on the bench much of that game.

"I was in foul trouble," he said, "but if I'm not in foul trouble, I can score. It's not one special area; I think all parts of my game are improving."

He won't get an argument from Fallston coach Robin Hood. "He had a great game. And with our bad shooting and not hitting the boards, we were in trouble," Hood said.

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