Anoka Ramsey 70 Western Tech 62
Saturday January 24th
Coming right out of the gates everyone was hot. Not just ARCC but Western was too. Everything was flying from downtown and hitting from underneath. After the first five minutes ARCC was down 14-16 but watching the game it seemed like Western was playing a whole lot better so I was assured that this meant once the Rams kicked things into high gear they would jump out front. Josh Hoffman from Western was really on fire from three-point land and the Rams could not close out quick enough on him. Hoffman ended the game with 15 points and shot 75 percent from behind the arc.
Watching from the sideline it really just seemed like the Rams weren’t energized. Western looked faster and was creating a whole lot of turnovers as of early. The mere bright spot for Anoka Ramsey that was going on early in the game was Justin Casey and Brandon Hixson. They both were rebounding the ball well and getting good second chance points and working well together in the post. The teams battled back and forth for the most of the first half and when ARCC jumped out in front and Robert Ben made an acrobatic shot at the shot clock buzzer Western had had enough and took a timeout to relax to cool things down. After the first half the Rams were up 34-26.
Coming out to start the second half it was evident that the defense was going to be a very important part for Anoka Ramsey. That was because Western Tech came out quick and they seemed to be really hungry for the win. Luckily they the defense was able to take a stand and keep on holding onto the league. Halfway through the second half the Rams were just up by five though and it was starting to get pretty intense.
Trenton Pollard really showed why he is the leader of the team and closed out this game almost signal handedly. Pollard led the team in points with 25. Casey added another double double to his resume and was right there beside Pollard. The team shot 43.3 percent from the field but did not shoot very well from beyond the three point line. Good thing they did not need it.
The Rams won again as now that is two in a row. They are going to try to keep the fast starts and good second half defense going when they travel to Riverland on Wednesday. Riverland better watch out though because this team has found a whole lot of chemistry.