RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Rams boys varsity basketball team put a beat down on the Morristown Colonials by the score of 75-36 in a home game on Thursday, January 16 during fan appreciation night.
“I thought right from the start, our team came out with a great intensity on the defensive end and it helped us gain an early lead,” said Rams head coach Nick Lavender.
Randolph started the game on fire, using a 16-0 run out of the gate to stun the Colonials. Randolph unleashed a smothering full court defense right from the start, forcing several turnovers by the Colonials that led to easy baskets in transition for the Rams.
”Our game plan was to apply a lot of defensive pressure and right from the tip, we used a lot of deflections and steals to build a 16-0 lead” said Lavender.
The first quarter ended with the rams up big, 24-2.
“Today it felt like everyone was clicking. Our defense as well as our shooting was what got us the win and I’m glad we were able to give a show to the fans that came out” said Rams small forward Ryan Martin.
Martin currently has twenty rebounds and twelve assists on the season.
The second quarter started slow for the Rams, but picked up after multiple aggressive steals that the Rams cashed in with layups. The quarter ended with a put back by junior Justin Lawlor and a great up and under layup by senior DQ Hendrickson. Randolph led at half 34-12.
“We came out quickly, but had a slow second quarter,” said captain Brian Eames. “Shots weren’t falling, and Morristown was able to get some easy baskets in transition. But we were able to overcome this in the second half.”
The third quarter began strong with a bucket from captain Ryan Ross. Ross lead the Rams with 11 points in the quarter. Playing off of their continued lockdown defense, the Rams started raining in threes, and the quarter ended with a 51-23 lead.
The fourth Quarter started off with Sophomore Sean Lawlor scoring two for the Rams and getting a big block on the defensive end. Randolph kept up the intensity for the remainder of the game, cruising to victory by the final score of 75-36.
”This was a great team win because everyone did what they were supposed to tonight and just had fun,” said guard Matt Karl. “We came out strong and noticed that we were lacking energy in the second quarter so we pushed ourselves to be better.”
The Rams followed the victory up with two more wins, first over Governor Livingston by a 52-44 margin, and then against Mendham where they took a 69-48 victory. Randolph’s record now stands at 9-4 on the season.