Rams just miss comeback win to close out season
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Feb. 24, 2012
The Rockville Rams boys’ varsity basketball team played one of the best quarters they played all year, but were unable to finish a big comeback push and fell to Fermi on Feb. 20 at RHS, in the final game of the season. Both teams came out aggressively on both sides of the ball and traded shots, fouls and steals evenly and were tied 11-11 after the first quarter.
The second frame saw the Rams out-foul the Falcons, who also were able to string together passes well and help themselves out with great rebounds to take the lead 36-25.
That continued in the third, as the Rams couldn’t get the ball to roll in and struggled with their own rebounds while Fermi stepped on the gas and went up 49-33.
McCann said he told his team, “This is it,” with about seven minutes left in the game. It appeared the comeback was on, with the Rams turning up the heat, nabbing steals and getting the better end of foul shots. The Rams were within two scores on multiple occasions, but ultimately ran out of time and lost 65-58.
“I told them it was time to go back to basics; there is nothing they don’t already know, so show some pride and go to work,” McCann said, “and they did. The seniors played a ton, and it wasn’t a lack of effort, but we just didn’t get it done.”
McCann said he is proud of his seniors, and they and their families (most of whom were there on senior night), and the team chemistry and effort was great all year. He added that although some of his seniors were a little shorter than their JV counterparts, the work they put in more than made up for that.
“They worked their butts off rebounding, boxing out and going after loose balls,” McCann said.
As for the future, the team will have a different look next year, with eight seniors graduating. McCann said he is excited about sophomores Olin Leonard, Sean O’Gara and Alix Perry, among others, who will add some size to the team. “We’ll be bigger at every position than we were this year,” McCann said.