ugg mens gloves Rams’ season lives on another week
Despite a fourth place finish at the District Tournament, the Akron Rams have lived to see another day.
The 4 seeded Rams embarked on their journey last Tuesday, beginning with a Quarterfinal overtime thriller at home against the visiting 5 Rams of Merino. Akron started the night hot from the three point line, draining six in the first quarter with five alone by junior Isaiah Herder. At the end of one, Akron was up 20 11. Akron shooters came back down to reality in the second, cooling off to be outscored 12 15. At the half, Akron led 32 26.
The game evened out at 41 41 following three quarters played. Neither team would give any ground in the fourth, trading baskets for another identical quarter. At the end of regulation, the game was tied up again at 50 50. Akron managed to step up on the defensive end at just the right time, pulling ahead to take the 60 58 win.
Junior Jordan Herder led the Rams with 23 points; senior Tyler Wylie added 12 points; junior Gabe Chapin had 10 points; senior Raul Alvarez had six points; junior Jaden Hottinger had five points; and junior Dawson McMillion had four points.
Games moved to the campus of NJC in Sterling Friday, where Akron came across 1 Yuma in the District Semis. Both teams knocked down a pair of three’s in the opening period, while spreading the ball out among the players.
The third quarter made the difference in the game with Akron knocking down just two field goals in the period. Seven Indians made it into the score books, boosting Yuma to a 53 31 advantage with one quarter to play. Akron kept the Indians in check,
but the third quarter did too much damage, as the Rams fell 43 65.
Herder finished with 16 points; Wylie followed with 10 points; Alvarez had nine points; Chapin had five points; and Hottinger had three points.
With the top four teams from their District moving on, Akron’s season was safe as they entered Saturday’s contest against 6 Haxtun at NJC. The game was slow getting started, as Akron built an 8 6 first quarter lead. Despite some key three point shots in the third, Akron couldn’t stop Haxtun’s depth in the second, giving the Bulldogs a 24 20 halftime advantage.
The Rams cut the deficit to just two points in the third, outscoring Haxtun 13 11 to make it a 33 35 ballgame. With the refs calling a tight game, Akron put the Bulldogs on the free throw line 21 times in the fourth quarter, giving Haxtun 13 points from the charity stripe alone. The Rams couldn’t keep up, ultimately dropping the game 46 52 and finishing fourth in 2A District 2.
Chapin had a team high 13 points; Herder added 12 points; Alvarez had seven points; Hottinger had five points; McMillion had five points;
and Wylie had four points.
Akron will head to Ellicott for the 2A Region 7 Tournament. The Rams received the 23 seed and will face 10 Calhan Friday. The winner will fight for a trip to State against the winner of 7 Ellicott and 26 Sargent.