By JOHN RAFFEL
Rockford’s boys basketball team finally found that elusive first win with a 64-53 topping of Lowell on Friday in the consolation game of the Cornerstone University to improve to 1-5.
Earlier in the week, the Rams had lost to Wyoming Godwin Heights 75-56.
In the win over Lowell, Rockford was ahead 34-26 at halftime. Lowell was trying to close the gap but on the last play of the third, Rockford executed a long pass from its baseline to just across halfcourt to senior guard Teague Farley, who hit the 3-point shot off the glass for the buzzer beater and gave his team a 44-37 lead. Jason Majerle, who scored 24 points, hit several free throws down the stretch to secure the Rockford win. Farley had 21 points while Ryan Gamm, who was on the all-tournament team, added 11.
The Rams are 3-2 on both the junior varsity and freshman levels.
“The kids are working hard. We have a big road game at Hudsonville this Friday,” Rockford coach Kyle Clough said. “The OK Red conference schedule is tough in January. On Jan. 13, we have ‘Hoops for Haiti’ here against West Ottawa
“Keys for our team will be to continue getting tougher on defense and efficient on offense. So far we are injury free, knock on wood. Ryan Gamm has been our leading scorer and rebounder. Teague Farley and Jason Majerle are both scoring in double figures as well. We’re excited to see what 2017 brings for our team.”
Clough was happy to get that first win.
“It feels great,” he said. “It’s great for the kids. We have a tough schedule and Lowell is another tough team. This was important for us. I was proud of our guys.”
Lowell made several moves at the lead late in the game but Rockford wouldn’t budge.
“We defended the 3-point shot well,” Clough said.