RICE — Rice coach Eddie Barker was frustrated. He had enough. He yelled at his team over the crowds at Bulldog Gymnasium.

They didn’t seem to hear him.

So he repeated it for emphasis.

“If we don’t rebound, we’re going to get killed,” shouted Barker.

He was right.

Barker’s Bulldogs were routed by Hubbard, 55-34 , Monday. The Jaguars (2-0) had 32 rebounds to the Bulldogs’ 20, helping Hubbard outscore Rice in every quarter.

“When you’ve got as many seniors as those guys have and so many that have played together since they were freshmen, that’s a strike against you,” Barker said.

Senior Carlos Johnson led the Jaguars with 20 points and eight rebounds. Johnson was last year’s All-Golden Circle Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

The Bulldogs’ top rebounders were Jansen Allen and Cedrick Freeman who each had four.

Rice also had 20 turnovers.

“A lot of that was Hubbard, we just didn’t play good, we made bad decisions,” Barker said.

It was a convincing win for a team which was playing its second game under a new head coach since Mark Vardeman resigned Friday. Vardeman was heading into his eighth and what figured to be the team’s most promising season, with four 4-year starters and seven total seniors coming back to a team that shared the District 13-1A title with Frost last year.

According to Athletic Director Clay Mayo, more details about Vardeman’s resignation will be released today.

“I think our kids have really done — under the circumstances they’ve been dealt with — they’ve done great,” said Ronnie Striplin, who Mayo appointed head coach as of Monday.

Senior Josh Chatman had seven points, six rebounds and a steal and Stephen Chapman has four points and a team-high four steals.

The teams have built a sort-of rivalry over the last two years, despite not playing in the same district. Last season, the Bulldogs beat the Jaguars three out of four games. Rice was the team with experienced seniors such as Cullen Tores and Dustin Calhoun.

They were also the team’s two leading rebounders.

“When you graduate as many rebounders as much as we did, we lost about 30 rebounds a game,” Barker said.

Also hurting the Bulldogs (2-1) is the absence of forward Duston McAdams, who is still nursing an injury he sustained during football season.

“We should get him back in a week or two,” Barker said. “Lord knows we need him.”



Box Score

Hubbard (2-0) 17 18 8 12 55

Rice (2-1) 11 13 7 3 34



Hubbard: Gabe Reynolds, 2; Stephen Chapman, 4; Darnell Lang, 1; Lorenzo Simmons, 5; Carlos Johnson, 20; Josh Chatman, 7; Jermichael Jordan, 3; Andrew Thompson, 4; Neshaun Taylor, 9.

Rice: Jansen Allen, 3; Jimmy Konieczny, 11; Humberto Aguinaga, 2; Devin Castillo, 6; Cedrick Freeman, 2; Sam Gunter, 5; Blake Lewis, 1; Colton Parker, 2; Colton Richardson, 2;

3-pointers: H: Simmons (1), Taylor (1). R: Konieczny (1), Sam Gunter (1).

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