Basketeball: Delano (10-0) finishes strong to beat Rogers boys 77-58

The undefeated Delano Tigers dominated the last nine minutes to defeat the Rogers Royals 77-58 on Friday evening in Delano.

Zach Checkal sank 25 points and Toby Hanson 22 to lead the Tigers, who are 10-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, with Dalton Pulis adding 17.

Rogers (3-9) rallied from a 37-31 halftime deficit to tie the game at 43 but the Tigers took charge after that, racking up 40 second half points with torrid shooting.

Ryan Gelle hit 16 points and Sam Spilles and Cullen Loughlin 10 each for Rogers. Spilles also snagged 11 rebounds.

The Royals will host Irondale on Tuesday.

Rogers scoring — Ryan Gelle 16 (2 ast), Sam Spilles 10 (11 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk), Cole Murray 7 (8 reb), Luke Pecka 9, Cullen Loughlin 10, Gunnar Bloom 4 (4 ast, 5 stl)