Aidan Hieshetter at the free throw line. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
CALEDONIA – The Rams varsity basketball team is continuing their winning ways. The Rams took a trip to Caledonia to take on the Fighting Scots on the hardcourt and came home with a 66-54 victory. The win moves Rockford’s record to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the tough OK Red.
It wasn’t pretty to begin with. Rockford had a heck of a time finding their rhythm after the tip off and looked a bit lost on the court. The Rams, however, didn’t panic and found their game enough to lead 31-23 at the half.
“After a sluggish start, I was really proud of the leadership from Nate Bareno and Ashton Pokorzynski,” shared Ram head coach Kyle Clough. “We came out and just played awful in the first qtr. We were not talking on defense, not in a stance, slow with rotations, turning the ball over. Just the worst start imaginable, and those two kept their composure and then demanded more out of everyone. So that was a great thing to see.”
The third quarter found the Rams ignited by a monster dunk by Pokorzysnki. Not only was the crowd entertained, the team seemed to pick up momentum with the display. Rockford surged forward to claim the third quarter, and close out the game with a decisive 66-54 victory.
Pokorzynski paced the Rams with an incredible 26 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Boreno notched a double, double – tallying 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Krist chipped in seven points and three rebounds, and Brendan Schueller added six points and five assists.
“I really thought Ashton and Nate took over the game and put our team on their backs,” shared Clough. “That’s what seniors are supposed to do, and I’m awfully happy those two are on our team.”
Clough was extremely happy with his team’s ability to morph into what is needed to win.
“One thing I’ve learned is to never take winning for granted,” he said. “On a night where we didn’t play very well, to still get a road win in this league, is a testament to these kids and their belief in the process. They’re really focused on trying to become champions.”
The Rams will now play host on Tuesday, Jan. 15 to the Grand Haven Bucs for another key OK Red Conference contest. The Bucs are 6-3 on the season, and 1-1 in conference play.
“It will be a big game for us on Tuesday night,” shared Clough. “Grand Haven has gotten off to a nice start and this will be a big game in the OK Red race.”
Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.