Rockford's Andrew Carlson chipped in 10 points for the Rams against East Kentwood. ~ File Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
KENTWOOD – The Rams varsity basketball team continues to turn heads and draw notice with a huge OK Red win over foe East Kentwood. Rockford took a trip, Friday, Jan. 18, and claimed the 55-51 victory to the delight of plenty of Ram fans. The win moves Rockford’s record to 4-0 in the OK Red, and their overall record to 9-2.
It wasn’t an easy win. The first quarter saw a see-saw battle for the lead. The Rams closed the stanza on a deep triple off the hand of Andrew Carlson to earn a 19-15 lead. Rockford was looking at the wrong end of a 33-32 score when they headed into the locker room at the half. The Rams were trailing by six mid-way through the third quarter, and trailing by one, 42-41. The Rams claimed the lead on the first basket of the fourth with a put-back by Nate Boreno. The Rams held the lead throughout the fourth quarter until the Falcons knotted it at 49-49, and then claimed the lead 51-49 with just over two minutes to go. The Rams defense collapsed on the Falcons for the remainder of the game and claimed the 55-51 victory. Rockford had three players in double digits to help with the cause.
“This was a huge OK Red road win,” said head coach Kyle Clough. “This league is really tough, especially on the road, so we never take winning for granted. I’m really proud of the grit we showed down the stretch. We talked all week about needing to overcome some adversity, and our guys did that tonight.”
Nate Bareno paced the Rams with 21 points and nine rebounds. Andrew Carlson and Sam Krist both chipped in 10 points. Ashton Pokorzynski tallied eight points and eight rebounds.
“To be honest, I felt that we played pretty poorly on defense in the first half,” shared Clough. “We made a few half time adjustments, and after giving up 15 first-quarter points, we only gave up 18 in the entire second half.”
Next up for the Rams is another OK Red match-up. Rockford will take on the Hudsonville Eagles, Tuesday, Jan. 22 in an away contest. Hudsonville carries a 3-1 conference record, and a 9-2 overall record coming into the game. Their losses have been handed to them by state-ranked Forest Hills Northern (91-68) and Red foe Grandville (54-49).
Nate Bareno paced the Rams against East Kentwood with 21 points and nine rebounds. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography