Rams lose two at home to Gilbert Tigers

The Greene County boys basketball team started out shooting well enough in a home game against the Gilbert Tigers Friday, but it takes more than one quarter to win a basketball game. The Rams led the Tigers 17-11 after the first quarter, having shot at 47 percent, but trailed 56-42 at the final buzzer.

Despite the loss, the Rams can take heart – they lost their December game against the Cubs 87-55.

Both teams scored below their season averages. The Rams had averaged 57.5 points per game and the Tigers had averaged 62.4. The Rams have allowed an average of 61 points per game for the season, but only 51 points per game since the Christmas break.

Unofficially, the Rams were seven of 15 shooting in the first quarter but only two of 12 in the second. Trey Tucker scored two early in the quarter and the Rams didn’t score again until Tyler Beger made a pair of free throws with three minutes to play and he made a 3-pointer in the last minute.  The Rams had no turnovers in the first quarter but seven in the second quarter.

The Tigers scored 14 points to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Rams’ shooting percentage for the half was 33 percent while the Tigers averaged 38 percent.

The Tigers had a big third quarter, scoring another 17 points as the Rams mustered only eight and committed six turnovers. The fourth quarter wasn’t much better. The Rams scored 10 to the Tigers’ 14.

In the second half, the Rams made five of 25 shots for just 20 percent. The finished the game at 27 percent shooting and 23 percent from 3-point range. They made eight of 13 free throws for 61 percent. Their shooting average from 2-point range is 36.5 percent and from 3-point range it’s 29.9 percent.

Gilbert’s Ryan Blum led all scorers with 17 points.

Beger led the Rams with 13 points on three 3-point baskets and four of five free throws. Tucker scored 10 points on two tres and two field goals.  Wade Adcock scored six points, Reid Lamoureux and Max Neese scored five each, and Trey Hinote made a 3-point shot in the fourth quarter for his only points of the game.

The boys are now 6-10 overall and 5-7 in the Heart of Iowa Activities Conference. The Tigers lead the conference with an 11-2 league record, 13-2 overall.

The girls also lost, 48-25. They can take heart that they scored more points than they did against Gilbert in December. That game was a 37-17 loss for the Rams.

Seniors Sunny Mobley, Nicole Rohner, Cassidy Adamson, Cheyanne Anderson and Brooke Hayes started the Senior Night game.

The Rams scored only one point in the first quarter, with Onica Delp going one of two from the free throw line. Hannah Promes made a 3-point shot two minutes into the second quarter and Laurin Lyons added a free throw for a 5 point first half. The score was 16-5 at halftime. The Rams had put up 18 shots and made only one for 5.5 percent shooting.

The Tigers had a huge third quarter, putting up 28 points with five long buckets as the Rams scored 13. That 13 points represented 63 percent shooting for the quarter.

The Tigers added just four points in the fourth quarter as the Rams scored seven.

For the game, the Rams shot at 29 percent.

Rohner and Promes scored six points each, Lyons scored five, Mobley scored four, and Delp and Adamson scored two each.

The Rams are at 3-13 for the season and 3-9 in the HOIAC. Gilbert is in second place in the league with a record of 11-2. They’re 11-6 overall.



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