Rams break losing streak

Men take two wins back to back

By Alana Edgin
On January 26, 2017

Ram Basketball broke a four game losing streak against the Western New Mexico Mustangs on Jan. 19 and followed up with another win against Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds on Jan. 20.

Previously, the men fell victim to multiple losses. Starved for a win, the men faced off with Western New Mexico.

"When you get into a skid like that you, are just doing anything, trying to look for positivity but also trying to hold them accountable," Head Coach Cinco Boone said.

"It’s not just score to me; it’s that we improved on the things that we needed to improve upon."

The men came out shooting, and ended up only one three-pointer shy of the program’s most three-pointers in a game, with 15.

"Quay [King] got us going and then Chase [Riley] obviously got some great looks," Boone said. "I thought our guys really moved the basketball and set them up for great shots. [WNMU] zoned us some, which we were expecting, and we busted them out of the zone by making some threes."

During the game with the Mustangs, junior guard Riley attempted a dunk in the third quarter, which had the fellow Rams and fans cheering. At this point, the men had a lead of over 10 points.

"[My] teammates were trying to get me to dunk at the game, since I got a couple in practice," Riley said. "I just saw an opportunity and went for it."

After the clock ticked down, the men won 97-61 to finally break the losing streak.

"It’s big to get out confidence going," Riley said. "We had a ton of assists and not very many turnovers."

On Jan. 21, the Rams, riding the boost from the win, took on Eastern New Mexico.

The game started out with a Greyhound dunk, but the Rams were determined to earn another win.

King, senior guard DeVonte’ Pratt and junior guard Lorenzo Dillard chipped in to a 10-0 run for the Rams.

Greyhound defense could not stop King’s prowess at the three point line, and Pratt and junior forward Devaughn Jenkins pressured the board with dunks.

The men eventually took their second win of the weekend at 84-68.

"The last two weeks, we’ve been struggling," Riley said. "We are trying to get back on track getting two wins in two weekends was good."

Against the Texas A&M – Kingsville Javelinas on Jan. 24, the men slipped up. Only two Rams scored double digits, and the men made 24 turnovers, their new season high.

With the Javelinas, senior forwards Thomas Tshikaya and Justin Hollins led the defense. Tshikaya had 10 rebounds, and the two tied up on blocks.

In their upcoming rematch with the Javelinas, the Rams will come in with a 4-5 conference, 12-5 overall record.

The Javelinas are on a three win streak, with a record of 4-5 conference, 11-7 overall.

They beat Eastern New Mexico 72-64 and Western New Mexico 77-58 the weekend of the 19th.

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