Ram boys top Nevada Cubs on the road

Girls score only seven points in loss

The Greene County boys 2015-16 season may be remembered as a Tale of Two Seasons. The Rams’ 55-49 win over the Nevada Cubs in Nevada Tuesday night is an example. The Rams lost the first game with the Cubs this season, a home game Dec. 10, 64-47. In the teams’ second meeting, the Rams got off to a slow start but turned on the hustle in the second half  to claim a lead with 13 minutes to play in the game and didn’t let go.

The Rams for the season have given up an average of 61 points per game. Splitting the season, the Rams gave up an average of 70.6 points per game  with two wins and six losses before the Christmas break. In the seven games since the break, the Rams have given up an average of 51 points per game and have won four and lost three.

The Cubs had won the last seven meetings and nine of 10 over the past 10 years.

The game started slowly for both teams. The Rams didn’t score at all in the first 4:55 of play, and it took a Trey Tucker basket on the buzzer to end the quarter down 8-4.

The Rams made a pair of buckets to tie the score at 8, and the lead changed four times during the quarter. The half ended with the Cubs up 22-19.

The Cubs scored first in the second half to build their lead to 24-19, but the Rams scored 12 unanswered points to build a 31-24 lead before the Cubs scored again. The Cubs came within three points but the Rams held the lead the rest of the game.

The score was 33-28 at the end of the third quarter. The Rams were up by 12, 54-42, with less than two minutes to play and finished the game 55-49.

The first quarter points were shared between Max Neese and Tucker. For the game, Tucker scored 22 points, including four 3-point baskets, and Neese scored 11 points. Tyler Beger and Reid Lamoureux  each made a 3-point shot and two 2-pointers for seven points each, Wade Adcock scored four, and Trey Hinote and Anthony Cunningham each scored two . points.

The Rams were 22 of 58 in field goals for 37 percent and six of 23 from 3-point range for 26 percent. They were five for nine (55 percent) from the free throw line.

Neese led in rebounds with 10 and Tucker led in assists with six.

The Rams are now 5-6 in the Heart of Iowa Activities Conference and 6-9 overall. The Cubs are 7-5 in the HOIAC and 9-7 overall.

The girls game was much different. The Rams scored just seven points against defending Class 3A Cubs, now ranked #3 in the state. The Rams played 10 minutes without scoring at all. Cassidy Adamson scored two points in the second quarter and two in the third. Taylor Wessling made a 3-point shot  in the fourth quarter. Neither Adamson nor Wessling are starters.

The Rams took only 23 shots and were at the free throw line six times. The Cubs were 26 of 52 from 2-point range and eight of 20 from 3-point range. They made five of seven free throws.

The Rams tried to keep up; they tallied 16 defensive rebounds while the Cubs tallied 17. The Cubs stole the ball 19 times compared to the Rams’ five steals, and blocked six shots while the Rams were able to block just one.

The Ram girls are now 3-9 in the HOIAC and 3-13 overall. The Cubs are 12-0 in the conference and 14-3 overall.

 

 

 

 

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