The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s Basketball team opened their season with two games against NJCAA Division II teams this past weekend, Nov. 6 and 7.
The Golden Rams dropped both contests, first against Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College 88-70, then to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) 96-84. The inexperience of the Golden Rams roster showed while facing two quick and athletic teams.
Friday, Nov. 6, the Ellsworth Panthers jumped out to an early 15-4 lead. The Golden Rams were able to hang around the rest of the first half, trailing 47-33 at the break. Anoka-Ramsey fought back early in the second half, getting the deficit to single digits on a couple occasions before Ellsworth pulled away for the 88-70 victory.
The Golden Rams were led in scoring by sophomore center Kenan Kent (St. Paul Humboldt) with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Freshman guard Josh Franklin (Apple Valley) chipped in with 15 points, while freshman guard Quincy Bethea Jr. (Robbinsdale Cooper) finished with 10 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Anoka-Ramsey forced 24 turnovers in the contest.
Saturday, Nov. 7, the Golden Rams once again fell victim to a slow start (NIACC led 53-38 at halftime) and turnovers (24 for the game) in losing to the NIACC Trojans 96-84. Anoka-Ramsey was able to play NIACC evenly early in the second half, but an 8-0 run by the Trojans, fueled by four Anoka-Ramsey turnovers, put the game out of reach. The Golden Rams had one last run in them, cutting the deficit to 12 with about four minutes remaining but were not able to get any closer.
Kenan Kent scored 16 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. Josh Franklin recorded 13 points while freshman forward Jamal Roberts (Robbinsdale Cooper) finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots in his first start.
The Golden Rams are 0-2 on the season. They kick off the home portion of their schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. vs. the University of St. Thomas Junior Varsity. The game will be played in the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Gymnasium.