Rams outscore Tigers and Grizzlies

Men’s basketball team wins two games in Thanksgiving Tournament

By Rosanna Aguilera
On November 30, 2018

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Valentine Sangoyomi, graduate studenst, takes a jump shot over the defender. Sangoyomi is from Lagos, Nigeria.

The Rams basketball team competed in the ASU Thanksgiving Tournament from Nov. 23 through Nov. 24 and won both games played.

In Friday’s game, ASU beat Paul Quinn College 99-72. After this game, the Rams had an overall record of 4-1. The team scored 58 points in the paint and had 54 points from players that were not starters in the game.

PQC had the lead early in the game, but junior Yildon Mendoza and sophomore Paul Williams each scored to tie the game 12-12.

Forward Antonio Singleton sparked a lead for the Rams with a jumper of his own. This put them to 24-12 with under nine minutes left in the half.

Singleton was one of four ASU players to score in double figures in the game. The junior scored a season-high 13 points with six rebounds. Junior Ronald Bell was the Rams leading scorer on the night with 16 points.

The Rams kept the lead going into the locker room at the half.

In the second half, the Rams offense pushed the lead to 17 points with a 3-pointer from Singleton. ASU then pushed the lead over 20 with a 3-pointer from junior Daron Mims. Mims also had double figures. He and senior Josh Boutte scored 15 points in the game. Boutte was the Rams leading rebounder with nine.

Junior Kiair Crouch was the team leader in assists with seven.

The teams had a combined total of 18 fouls at the ten-minute mark. The Rams got to the line 35 times, overall, hitting 16 of their free-throw shots.

The Rams finished the game with a 27-point victory over the Tigers.

In Saturday’s game, the Rams defeated Adams State University 92-83. The team now has a record of 5-1 and will begin Lone Star Conference play on Nov. 29.

Mims was the leading scorer for the Rams in this game. He opened the game with a 3-pointer to give them the lead. Mims finished with a career-high of 28 points with a pair of rebounds, three assists and a block.

The Rams held onto the lead when Singleton also made a three-point shot. Singleton finished in double figures with 13 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

The Grizzlies offense continued to score, and they took the lead and held onto it until halftime.

In the second half, the Rams took the lead early, but the Grizzlies kept tying the game back up. The Rams took the lead and continued to make their shots to end the game with a score of 92-83.

The Rams will return to the Junell Center on Dec. 8 to face St. Mary’s University at 4 p.m.

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