PENINSULA — When was the last time Streetsboro beat Woodridge?

Veteran Rockets coach Nick Marcini had to count on his fingers.

It was Mason Lydic’s freshman year with the Bulldogs.

Then, Lydic won the next seven.

Add two more for last year.

Snapping a streak of nine straight losses to Woodridge, visiting Streetsboro pulled off an emphatic 60-40 victory Friday.

The Rockets’ two star sophomores — Devin Reese and Bryce Vecchio — didn’t know much about the rivalry entering the Bulldogs’ new gymnasium.

“It means a lot,” Reese said. “I didn’t know that we didn’t beat them in (five) years.” 

Vecchio didn’t even live in The Buckeye State a year ago.

“Other than the film I watched, I knew nothing,” Vecchio said. “I heard they had a good shooter, good play style and all that.” 

The duo of Reese and Vecchio combined for 42 points — outscoring the Bulldogs on their own — to give the Rockets (4-0, 3-0 Portage Trail Conference Metro Division) an enormous lift Friday evening.

Vecchio gave Streetsboro an early edge, with eight first-quarter points, as the Rockets jumped to a 16-10 lead over the Bulldogs after eight minutes.

“Just play as a team and push it,” Vecchio said.

Then, Reese caught fire, with seven of Streetsboro’s 12 second-quarter points.

“He moves a lot,” Vecchio said. “He finds open shots and hits them.”

Even so, three-time defending Metro Division champion Woodridge wouldn’t go away, trailing just 28-24 at the half. 

“I had the feeling at halftime walking in there that we were lucky to be in the position we were in,” Bulldogs coach Ric Blevins said. “Because if they would’ve shot the ball a little bit better in the first half, I thought they had played well enough to be up 8, 10, 12 points on us. We were fortunate to be in a position where we only down four.”

And then the Rockets did shoot better, making 5-of-7 from deep to win the third quarter, 17-7, and build a double-digit advantage. 

“That was big because our third quarters have been pretty bad the last three games,” Marcini said. “We just got to reiterate the fact that, ‘Hey, we’re going to have to get it done on the defensive end, let’s get out in transition, get some easy looks.’ They’re going to pack it in, they’re going to take away the inside, try to take away Bryce on the inside, try to take away the driving lanes for Devin. We got to reverse the ball a couple of times, but you got to have the confidence to step up, and if you’re open, shoot the ball in.” 

After Woodridge opened the second half with a turnover, Streetsboro junior Colin Boldin came to a jump stop on the left elbow and fired a pass to Reese at the right wing for a 3-pointer. Boldin then came up with a steal — and junior guard Zamar Harris connected from the top of the arc for a 34-24 lead.

The Bulldogs answered with a third-chance bucket to draw within eight, but the Rockets pushed their lead back to double digits with Reese finding Harris in the corner for his second 3-pointer of the third quarter and third of the night.

“We made a couple of small adjustments defensively, but they hit three 3-pointers in a row, the first three shots they took,” Blevins said. “At that point, your adjustments don’t mean anything. You’re just trying to find scramble mode to find something good to happen, and we could get one good thing to happen, we could never get two or three good things to happen.”

One more time, Woodridge drew within single digits on a pair of free throws.

One more time, Streetsboro answered with Reese firing away from the right wing.

Reese, already with 13 points at that point, followed by surging into the paint with a pretty bank shot finish for a 42-28 lead.

“Last game, I only had four points,” Reese said. “So I had to come out and do something.”

One last time, the Bulldogs pulled closer — on a Josh Decker 3-pointer.

One last time, the Rockets ran away — with a 9-0 run to go up 20.

Harris (11 points, 3-of-7 from deep), Reese (22 points, 4-of-4 from deep) and Vecchio (20 points, 3-of-5 from deep) combined for 53 of Streetsboro’s 60 points. Slick perimeter passing was also to credit.

“Just move the ball,” Vecchio said. “Move and cut, keep moving.”

“Pass and cut,” Reese echoed.

On the other end, Streetsboro held Woodridge to seven points in the third and nine in the fourth, led by Boldin’s yeoman work guarding Decker (10 points).

“You can’t say enough about Colin Boldin’s effort on guarding Decker tonight,” Marcini said. “He was all over him the whole game, giving everything effort. We barely gave him a couple of blows here and there when we could, but just to frustrate him the way that he did.” 

Time and again, the Rockets made big plays defensively — Boldin cutting off a pass for a steal, Michael Hall Jr. deflecting an entry pass, Harris racing back in transition for a chasedown block, Reese with a superlative closeout to force a 3-point miss, Ian Scott ripping away at a transition drive.

“We were struggling so much to get good looks,” Blevins said. “We tried a couple of things offensively and we didn’t have a lot of answers. That’s the first time we’ve seen a steady diet of somebody face-guarding one of our players to take them out of the offense. We as a program were not prepared for that. Coach Marcini, God bless him, he got the best of me.”

Still, the Bulldogs (3-1, 2-1) can do better offensively — and all over.

“They were tougher than we were, they were more physical than we were and I didn’t do a very good job as a coach either,” Blevins said. “We did not make good in-game adjustments, we didn’t make good halftime adjustments and my five timeouts were wasted, so everyone has got something to learn from this one.”