Rams rock the Hardrockers

Basketball continues strong, shutting down South Dakota School of Mines with a strong defensive second half

By Cameron Niblock
On February 20, 2015

The Rams decimated the South Dakota School of Mines on Feb. 13, ending the game 85-51.

Only five minutes into the game the Rams accumulated an 18-point lead to the Hardrockers’ one point.

Raijon Kelly, senior, helped by scoring the first points for the Rams with his signature threepoint shot. This performance was followed by another senior, Chris Jones; with his powerful presence in the paint the Rams boosted their already outstanding score.

The Rams kept constant pressure while on defense, not allowing the Hardrockers any breathing room to make shots. One negative aspect of the game for the Rams was their being unable to make many free throw shots, but it was obvious that they didn’t need the points given their already outstanding lead.

The Rams were playing hard after bouncing back from a hard loss, Dylan Hensley, freshman, said.

The Hardrockers struggled to keep up with the constant force of the Rams, which lead them to miss easy shots.

By halftime the score was already 48-24 and it looked like a promising win for the Rams.

The halftime show brought a performance from the Angelettes, as well as three lucky students getting the opportunity to come down on to the court and make shots for money.

Matt Perry, sophomore, got the opportunity to participate in the competition. He made both a layup and a free throw shot, putting $40 dollars in his wallet.

“It was nerve wracking,” Perry said. “I made the free throw, which I didn’t think was going to go in.”

Half time shows are important to keep the crowd entertained while the athletes prepare to walk on the court for the second half.

During the second half the Rams were able to force countless turn-overs, widening the alreadyescalating point difference.

DeQuavious Wagner, junior, followed with a strong performance that led to a fantastic drive near the end of the game. He was accompanied by Tommy Wolridge, senior, who scored a few three-pointers nearing the final minutes.

The Rams play at home Wednesday, Feb. 18 and again at Cameron University Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

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