2014-03-09 / Sports

Ram cagers run past Hornets to take district title


New Lothrop’s Luke Harris (4) puts up a shot under the basket in Friday’s district final clash with the Rams at Montrose. Harris led the Hornets with 12 points. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) New Lothrop’s Luke Harris (4) puts up a shot under the basket in Friday’s district final clash with the Rams at Montrose. Harris led the Hornets with 12 points. (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) MONTROSE – Propelled by a 19-0 run to start the game, the Ram varsity cagers kept the pedal down and raced to a 68-48 win over visiting New Lothrop Friday night in the Class C district title game.

The Rams led 25-7 after the first quarter and 36-12 at the break, and never looked back. The Hornets were able to get their offense untracked in the second half, out-scoring the Rams 17-16 in the third and 19-16 in the fourth, but the gap was too big to be overcome.

“We got off to a great start,” assessed Montrose coach Jason Danek. “We knocked down some shots and played very good defense. We played good defense the entire first half. In the second half, we did enough to keep the lead.”


Montrose’s Malik Taylor (12) threads the New Lothrop defense in Friday’s 68-48 district finals win over the Hornets. Taylor led all scorers with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Providing the defense are Brandon Green (34) and Kyle White (22). (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) Montrose’s Malik Taylor (12) threads the New Lothrop defense in Friday’s 68-48 district finals win over the Hornets. Taylor led all scorers with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Providing the defense are Brandon Green (34) and Kyle White (22). (TCC Photo by Keith Salisbury) The Rams were scorching from behind the three-point arc, connecting on eight missiles. They had five in that 19-0 run to start the game. Montrose finished with 18 two-pointers, and went 8 of 11 at the charity stripe.

Malik Taylor led the Rams, and all scorers, with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Antonieo McMillion added 12 points, four boards and four steals. Riley Warren also had 12 points with three boards. Jeff Long chipped in 10 points and four assists. Jimmie Hodge had eight points and seven boards. Jahred Long finished with six points and three assists.

The Hornets hit 13 from two-point range and five from threepoint range. They went 7 of 12 at the line.

Luke Harris led the Hornets with 12 points. Bryce Birchmeier added 11 points. Ben Muron had eight and Kyle White had six.

“We’re very happy to win a championship, our second in a row.” Danek said. “We had a great crowd here tonight. It was great to see them. We really appreciate their support.” Next up for the Rams is a trip to the Flint Beecher regional on Monday night, where they’ll face Hemlock in the regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Hemlock won 56-44 over Nouvel in their district final.

“We’ll have to play well to give ourselves a chance,” Danek said.

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