RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph boys’ basketball team came up short in their bid to begin the season off with a win streak, as they fell to Bridgewater-Raritan Monday night Dec. 22 by a score of 59-50.
Getting off to a slow start put the Rams in a hole early as they got into foul trouble and committed too many turnovers. Rebounding was difficult due to Bridgewater-Raritan’s size, as the first quarter ended with the Rams trailing 15-10.
Junior Eric Schuette kept the Rams in this game, leading the team with 20 points and giving them the momentum going into half time. Schuette hit four 3-pointers on the night, helping the Rams rally to a one point lead at the half.
Randolph kept the game in reach through out the first three quarters, and led by 2 after the third, but the game fell out of reach in the fourth. Bridgewater Raritan outscored Randolph 23-12 in the fourth quarter, pulling away and giving the Rams their first loss of the season.
Late in the game Bridgewater-Raritan’s height overmatched the Rams offense. Randolph’s inability to get the ball down low forced them to turn to their perimeter shooters. They were unable to tally enough points to keep up with Bridgewater’s fourth quarter point explosion.
Julian Boykins had 12 points added to Schuette’s 20 in the loss. Randolph now starts their winter tournament, playing Piscataway at Hillside High School at 3:15 on December 27.