Rams take down UT-Permian Basin Falcons

Rams defeat Falcons 84-83 in a tight game

By Rosanna Aguilera
On January 18, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
James Kirksey, junior guard, pushes through the Falcon defense. Kirksey is from Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Rams basketball team won against the No. 6 UT - Permian Basin Falcons 84-83 in Saturday’s game at the Junell Center.

The team now has an overall record of 12-4 and 4-3 in the Lone Star Conference; the Falcons are now 14-2 overall and 6-1 in the LSC.

Over the holiday break, the Rams won three games against Lubbock Christian, McMurry and Tarleton State. They also lost two against Texas A&M Commerce and West Texas A&M University.

Junior forward Will Adler led the Rams with 20 points followed by juniors Kiair Crouch, Antonio Singleton, Davion Cole-Johnson and Daron Mims with 14, 11, 11 and 11, respectively.

"It was crazy, but it was fun. We just came off a two-game losing streak to two nationally-ranked opponents," Adler said. "We came into this game and we just felt like we had to win."

Adler said they wanted to come into the game with a fresh memory and not worry about the last two games.

"We just worry about the game that is in front of us," Adler said. "They came in talking a little bit of trash to us, so that motivated us a little more."

The Rams were ahead of the Falcons for a majority of the game. With three seconds left in the game, the Rams fouled and put UTPB’s second leading scorer to the free throw line for three shots that would put the game in overtime. However, with the pressure coming from the Rams crowd, only two of the shots were made, giving the Rams the win.

"We had a great atmosphere, the fans we have here are awesome," Crouch said. "They come to every game and they come to support us and that just makes us feel more comfortable on the floor.

Adler said Head Coach Cinco Boone did a good job of getting all of the players’ minds right.

"It’s hard to come off of a two game losing streak, especially two games that we should have won for sure," Adler said.

Boone said the team played really hard.

"I think our team is a resilient group, and I am proud of our guys for coming out and battling against the No. 6 team in the country to come away with the win after the loss on Thursday," Boone said. "We fixed some rebounding and defensive things and I think we will continue to be a better team. I told them in the locker room that we can be a locomotive train that just gains some speed."

Boone said the team should regain a few players this week and will be at full strength.

Adler said he sees a streak coming ahead for his team.

"We got a couple teams coming up that we should definitely win so this is a good game to start the streak for us," Adler said.

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