Ram, Belle basketball work overtime

Teams are optimistic about season

By Patrick Fleming
On January 19, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Thomas Tshikaya, senior forward, moves the ball down the court. Tshikaya scored 19 points in the Rams’ game against WTAMU.

Throughout the Winter Break, Rambelle Basketball has been hard at work to remain one of the top teams this season.

Currently, the Belles have only lost one game and the team is optimistic about it’s chances for later this season.

"I’ve seen much improvement," returning senior guard Taylor Dorsey said. "Everything is smooth, especially our offense and defense."

The Belles played against Tarleton State University on Jan. 5 and the scores of both teams were incredibly close, ending in overtime. Eventually, the Belles won with a score of 81-74.

This was seen again during their game against Texas A&M-Commerce, where the two teams remained close for the entire game.

The Belles did win with a score of 78-71.

The team and its coaches are aware they will need to continue to work as hard as they possibly can to stay at the top.

"We need to prevent complacency," Belle Head Coach Kevin Baker said. "We need to find that weed and pull it."
Meanwhile, Ram basketball went four for four over winter break.

On Jan. 5, they faced Tarleton State University, however, despite their best efforts, the Rams lost with a score of 92-60.

Jan. 7 against Texas A&M was very similar with the Rams scores close to Texas A&M, which led to an overtime.

After overtime the Rams did lose with a score of 89-97.

Though there were some concerns about the team cooperating as an efficient unit, these worries were put to rest.

"We’re just like any other team," Ram Head Coach Cinco Boone said.

The Belles are 7-1 in confrence, 13-1 total as of Jan. 18. The Rams are 2-4 in confrence, 10-4 in total.

The two teams will play again on Saturday, Jan. 21 against Eastern New Mexico University. Belles at 2 p.m. and Rams at 4 p.m.

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