BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Junior Mike Ramos isn’t only ready to lead the Bloomfield Bengals boys basketball team to a successful 2017-2018 season, but has already spotted an improvement he wants to make after just one game.
The third year starter was satisfied with the team’s 61-46 home opener victory over the Newark Tech Terriers Friday night, but was bothered by the opponent’s ability to score a significant amount of points towards the end.
After allowing no more than 12 points in a quarter for the first 24 minutes, the Bengals allowed the Terriers to get 19 points on the board during the final eight minutes.
“I’m happy with the outcome, but we definitely need to work on staying strong until the end of the fourth quarter,” Ramos told TAPinto Bloomfield. “We can’t let them start catching up like that.”
Ramos scored 19 points for the Bengals Friday night and his senior teammate Richie Guillaume recorded another 21. The two boys were major contributors to the team’s 24-6 2016-2017 season, which has given them the ability to jump right in without the help of last year’s graduating seniors.
“We started training real hard in the summer,” Ramos said. “We knew that we lost some of those really good guys, but that we had to step it up.”
In addition, Ramos has started since his freshman year, which he sees as a major advantage as he gets ready to lead the team during his junior and senior seasons.
“I started playing on the varsity team as a freshman and I definitely think taking on that challenge early on is going to help me and the rest of the team for the next two years,” Ramos told TAPinto Bloomfield.