The Rams in a pre-game huddle. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
ROCKFORD – The Rockford boys varsity basketball team took on OK Red foe Grandville in a home contest, Tuesday, Jan. 8. The Bulldogs were fresh off a 54-49 win over Hudsonville, but the Rams didn’t seem too impressed. Rockford came away with the important conference victory by a 56-41 score, moving their overall record to 7-2 on the year, and 2-0 in conference play.
The Rams followed another impressive game plan, leading the game 22-14 heading into the half. Rockford utilized their talents to tally 15 assists, outrebounded the Dawgs 30-24, and shot 47 percent from the field on their way to the victory.
“It was another great OK Red win for our team,” said Rams head coach Kyle Clough. “Grandville is an improved team from last year and have some really talented young players. I thought it would be important for us in this game to match their energy early on and win the rebounding game, and we were able to do both. It was just a really good effort by our guys.”
Ashton Pokorzynski paced the Rams with 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Kaden Seelye tallied 12 points and five rebounds, and Andrew Carlson registered 11 points. Nate Bareno added eight points and eight rebounds to the Rams’ cause and Brendan Schueller tallied three points, six assists and three steals.
“Andrew Carlson and Kaden Seelye gave us some great minutes off the bench tonight,” continued Clough. “They’ve both continued to work hard in practice and our team has a lot of confidence in both of them. I also thought Brendan Schueller was an unsung hero, again, like he usually is. He isn’t going to light up the scoreboard, but he does so many things for our team. When you combine that with our two bigs (Nate and Ash) playing like they did, we are going to have a great chance to win most nights.”
Clough is thrilled with his team’s progress on the season.
“As I said early in the year, this team can be special if they continue not caring about who gets the credit,” Cough shared. “As you can see tonight, we had another very balanced attack on offense and I really believe that has been a key to our success as we near the halfway point. These guys are willing to share the ball, make the extra pass and celebrate in each other’s success. If they keep putting the team first, I think we’ll have a real chance to contend down the stretch in this league race.”
Next up for the Rams is an away match against Caledonia, Friday, Jan. 11. The game starts at 7 p.m.