Rams fall to Kingsville, cut game short

Teams are optimistic about season

By Patrick Fleming
On February 2, 2017

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Prince Foster, senior guard, searches for a teammate to move the ball to. Foster had two assists in the Ram’s game against A&M Kingsville.

On Jan. 28, the Ram Basketball team went up against the Texas A&M University - Kingsville Javelinas.

Much like the other Rams’ games usually are, this one was extremely close and did not lack for memorable moments. There were dunks, multiple ties and a desire to win.

The game began with the tip off, then had to restart due to an error. After that, an immediate battle began as both teams fought for each point while neither willingly gave a single basket away to the other.

Despite this, the Javelinas stayed ahead of the Rams for most of the first half of the game.

However, through their determination, the Rams managed to catch up by the end of that half with a score of 26-26.

This tie continued for most of the second half, no matter how hard either team tried to break it.

Though both teams did continue to score during this time, neither could make many points before the other team caught back up to them.

This continued for most of the second half.

Yet, eventually, Texas A&M did regain their advantage over the Rams.

As always, the audience remained engaged as the game went along. They cheered and clapped with each score the Rams made.

Thomas Tshikaya, senior and forward for the team, showed his hard work by making the most rebounds in the Rams’ team with eight in all and also making the most field goals with six successes out of 11 attempts made.

His average is 11 points per game, and usually nine rebounds. The men performed below their averages.

Meanwhile, Quay King, senior guard, made the best free throw percentage, successfully getting four out of five in the game.

Coming out of this game, the Rams have a record of 4-6 in the Lone Star Conference and 12-6 overall.

Once the final quarter grew close to the end, the Rams were already down by 13. The men accepted defeat, donating to Kingsville’s four win streak.

With this said, the team still does need to continue working if they do want to be successful in the other games they will play later this season.

Their next game will be on Feb. 9 against the Texas A&M Commerce Lions, who won in their last game against the Cameron University Aggies.

The Lions currently have a record of 7-4 conference and 15-5 overall, which means that they should at the very least be a challenge to go up against.

Though they have had some problems, ASU’s Rams still have a good chance in winning this next game if they continue putting in the effort and hard work they have shown during this last game.

However, this loss does set them at the lower end of the LSC.

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