Randy Gregory

Rams tough out third win over Hudsonville 49-42, advance to finals

March 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY Rockford High School varsity boys basketball didn’t have the day shooting against Hudsonville on Tuesday, March 13 at Grandville that they had against Northview four days earlier. But their defensive effort never wavered, and the Rams advanced to the Class A regional title game against Grand Haven with a 49-42 triumph over the Eagles. The game was postponed from Monday by an area-wide tornado watch that left the winner staring at the unenviable scenario of having to play back-to-back nights for the chance to advance to the quarterfinal round. But neither team left anything on the court in a contest that could best be described as street hockey in tennis shoes. There were 35 fouls called and bodies hitting the floor all night long in the spirited battle. Rockford had come out on top of the previous two meetings and the Eagles came out with a look of desperation in their eyes and style of play. Hudsonville jumped out to a 14-8 lead after one quarter, built mainly on the back of BJ VanLoo. VanLoo tallied 10 of the 14 points Hudsonville mustered in the opening quarter and all of their points in the second stanza. Unfortunately for the Eagles, their total output for the second quarter totaled two points. The Rams, in addition to the suffocating defense, put up 12 points of their own in that time frame and took their first lead at 18-16 on a Chad Carlson triple. Rockford tallied an additional two points and took a 20-16 lead into the locker room. “We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Rockford Coach Nick Allen. “The first two times we played, it was that type of game and we didn’t expect anything different tonight. Most of the games we play are going to be physical and hard fought, so we are used to that kind of contest.” Hudsonville managed to rally themselves back into the contest in the third quarter by outscoring Rockford 14-10 and setting up the final frenetic eight minutes with the two squads knotted at 30-30. Both teams had a sizable contingent of supporters who created a din at times in the nearly full house. But it was Rockford that was able to […]

Rams cubed equals Class A quarterfinals for Rockford

March 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The dictionary defines cubed as the third power of a number or quantity. To the Rockford Rams varsity basketball team, it equals the power of the three-point shot. The Rams were a blistering 11 of 19 from three-point land on their way to an impressive 57-41 drubbing of Grand Haven in the Class A regional finals on Wednesday night, March 14 at Grandville. The win propels the 20-5 Rams into the Class A quarterfinals against the Okemos Chieftains (17-8). Rockford actually trailed early 7-5 as they tried to get their offense on track. But once the door nudged open from distance, the Rams kicked it all the way in. Alex Durkin hit a triple to make it 8-7 Rockford and give the Rams the lead for the balance of the contest. That was followed by Durkin again from distance, then Chad Carlson with a bomb, and finally Kyle Short with a three-pointer of his own. Just like that, the Rams turned a two-point deficit into a 10-point lead (17-7) and set the stage for a recurring theme. “One thing that Steve [Majerle] always says is that ‘shooting covers up for a lot of sins’,” said Rockford Coach Nick Allen. “We were definitely able to make things easier tonight with our ability to shoot from the perimeter. I know I can always count on a great effort defensively, but you never know if the shots are going to fall on a consistent basis that night. This was one of those days where they were and we were able to take advantage of that.” The second quarter was more of the same for Rockford, save for a different sniper. Chase Fairchild nailed three triples in three attempts that not only kept the Buccaneers at bay; it actually increased the Rockford lead to 34-17 as the two teams headed to the locker room. Every time that the Bucs made a minor charge it was merely another opportunity for the Rams to drop in an effective three-point counter of their own. “Our coaches have a lot of confidence in all of us and they encourage us to take the open three-pointer,” said Durkin. “We were knocking them down tonight and we were able to feed off […]

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