Rams make a comeback

Rams edge out Javelinas for 74-66 victory

By Rosanna Aguilera
On January 25, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Antonio Singleton, junior, beats the odds in a shot over his defender. Singleton topped off the game with a winning dunk.

The Rams basketball team won its game against the Texas A&M - Kingsville Javelinas 74-66 in a second-half comeback on Jan. 23 in the Junell Center.

The Rams are now 14-5 overall in the season and 6-4 in the Lone Star Conference.

The Javelinas had the lead early in the game, but the teams shared the lead throughout.

Head Coach Cinco Boone said they played more comfortably when they had the lead and gained more confidence on the defensive end.

"Every time we dig ourselves a hole, we don’t panic or go into chaos mode; we just chip away at it," Boone said. "The adjustments we made at halftime were the key to the game; we played a much better second half."

In the second half, senior forward Brandon Williams, opened with seven straight shots, earning the lead. Williams scored 22 points and got 10 rebounds in Tuesday’s game.

"I owe it all to my coaches and my teammates," Williams said.

Williams said they buckled together in the second half.

"We came out a little flat, but once we got going, the energy picked up," Williams said.

Three-pointers from junior guard Davion Cole-Johnson and junior forward Antonio Singleton helped the team with 10 minutes to go in the game. Singleton had 10 points total, including a few three-pointers and three rebounds.

Boone said he has been begging for the team to rebound the basketball.

"I was giving my energy towards rebounding the ball," Boone said. "Then, we made some adjustments, and our team came out in those adjustments and believed in them."

Boone said it let them get some stops that turned into transition baskets to help them.

Junior guard James Kirksey also finished in the double digits, scoring 12 points.

A pair of free throws from junior guard Kiair Crouch in the final minute helped finish the game; the Rams won 74-66.

"If we pay attention and do what we need to do, we’ll win the game," Williams said. "It gives us a lot of momentum going into the rest of the conference."

Boone said the team is going to be resting before their next game because they didn’t have much of a break after traveling to New Mexico.

"The biggest thing is getting our bodies healthy," Boone said. "We just got some guys that are banged up, and we hope to get those guys back next week."

Boone said that next week, on the road to Oklahoma, they will hopefully have a complete, healthy squad and see what kind of reaction they can get when they are all healthy and playing together.

The team will be back in the Junell Center on Jan. 27 to play Dallas Christian College at 4 p.m.

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