Ram Sam Krist goes up for a lay up in action earlier in the season. ~ Photo by "Papa" Razzi Sports Photography
ROCKFORD – The Rams played host to the pesky league-leading Hudsonville Eagles, Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Eagles were on a 10-game winning streak and were an impressive 10-1 in the OK Red, with their only loss to Grandville in their first conference game of the season. The Rams played them tough, and despite a 16-11 lead in the first quarter, couldn’t stay ahead in the game. Rockford fell by a 49-43 score to move their conference record to 6-5.
"This one was tough,” shared Ram head coach Kyle Clough. “I know it meant a lot to our guys, as they've had our number lately, but in the end, we just failed to get some big stops when we needed them the most. Statistically, we really accomplished the things we thought we needed to in order to win. We outrebounded them by two, shot 38 percent from beyond the arc, and through 28 minutes really held them in check offensively. Unfortunately, they made four three’s in five possessions in the last 4-5 minutes and that proved to be the difference."
Ram senior Ashton Pokorzynski paced the Rams with 14 points and six rebounds. Brendan Schueller tallied nine points and four assists.
Nate Bareno and Bennett Williams chipped in eight points apiece, and Kaden Seelye registered 10 rebounds, which six were offensive.
"I was really proud of the way we played in stretches,” Clough continued. “We moved the ball, took great shots and held our own physically. They are a tough matchup and are the best defensive team we've played. As I told our team, losing hurts and it obviously feels way worse than winning. But the reality is, the difference between us actually winning that game and losing it was very small. I believe in our team and am excited we get another shot to improve on Thursday before Districts. I want this season to last as long as possible with this group, because I love coming to practice with them every day."
In the first round of the MHSAA District Tournament, Rockford will take on Forest Hills Northern at home at 5:30 p.m.