RANDOLPH, NJ—The Randolph High School Boys Basketball team was defeated by Delbarton High School 48-33 at home on Friday Jan 3. Going into the game the Rams knew they were up against a solid veteran team posing the toughest test yet in their young season.

“We were disappointed in our team's performance tonight but [we] are not discouraged for what’s to come,” said Captain Brian Eames. “As the season goes on, we will look to improve our confidence and pace as a team as well as our physicality.”

In the first quarter, the Rams struck first blood with a three–pointer by Ryan Ross, but the Green Wave quickly took control with a strong drive on the offensive side of the floor.

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 “I thought we had a great effort and played very good on defense” added Delbarton coach Daniel Whalen, whose squad went into halftime with a twelve-point lead.

The Rams’ came out stronger in the second half, steered by their determination on the defensive end of the court only allowing six points in the third quarter.  They were unable to cut into the lead however, as they continued to struggle on offense scoring only five points of their own.

Ryan Ross and Jamal Santana each had two blocks during the game contributing to the strong team defense while Justin Lawler collected ten rebounds, including several on the offensive glass giving the Rams much-needed extra offensive possessions.

Coach Nick Lavander broke down his team’s play.

“We’ve been able to rebound the ball which is a shock due to our lack of size,” said Lavender.  “We’ve [also] been able to get in guys faces which is important, but it just didn’t click for us in the offensive end.”

Captain Ryan Ross lead the team with nine points, followed by Daquan Hendrickson with seven and Captain Brain Eames with five. Overall, the team struggled offensively as evidenced by their 4-20 effort from behind the three-point line.

Throughout the entirety of the game, the Rams had a very loud and active crowd with a packed student section cheering them on. The fans got involved and made for a very spirited game.

In the fourth quarter with Ryan Ross on the bench due to foul trouble, Ryan Martin came on hitting a quick three and providing tenacious backcourt pressure hoping to spark the Rams offense.   In the end, they came up short falling to Delbarton by fifteen points.

“We wanted to win since it was a statement game, but this definitely motivates us to play better against a team we know we are better than,” assured Captain Ryan Ross.

 “It’s a long season, and I am confident that we will bounce back,” said Eames.

Eames and his mates did just that against Millburn on Sunday Jan. 5, using a strong fourth quarter to come from behind and earn themselves a four-point victory by the score of 48-44.  Eames led the way with 16 points while Ross put up 13 to power the Rams, helping move their record to 5-2 on the season.

Editors Note: BEN WOLF and CAYLA ISRAEL are students at RHS participating in a Journalism program with TAP into Randolph