Golden Rams Men's Basketball Team Loses Over Weekend

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Golden Rams Men’s Basketball team dropped their rematch with Central Lakes College, 67-57, Friday, Nov. 27. A promising start with impressive offense and defense in the first half led to a 40-27 Anoka-Ramsey lead at the break. Things fell apart in the second half as Central Lakes changed the tempo of the game, and the Golden Rams couldn’t get anything going offensively. Anoka-Ramsey only shot 20 percent (6-30) in the second half and was outscored 40-17 after halftime.

Trey Scott (17) and Josh Franklin (11) were the only Golden Rams to score in double figures. Mohamed Camara chipped in a season-high eight points, while Max Wessel pulled in a career-high eight rebounds.

Saturday, Nov. 28, the Golden Rams fell in a hard-fought game to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) 95-94. Anoka-Ramsey fell behind early and trailed by as many as 18 points during the first half. A furious rally culminated with a Trey Scott three-pointer at the buzzer to pull Anoka-Ramsey within six, 51-45 at the break.

The momentum carried into the second half as both teams exchanged the lead on multiple occasions.  The Golden Rams held the lead with under a minute to play, but a NIACC layup with just over three seconds remaining proved to be the difference. Despite the loss, the Golden Rams recorded a number of season-highs including points (94), made threes (13), assists (24), and number of players scoring in double-figures (six).  The Golden Rams also recorded a season-low ten turnovers.

Leading the Golden Rams was Quincy Bethea Jr.’s first career double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds).  Also scoring in double figures was Trey Scott (17 points, 5 assists), Ben Snyder (13 points), Max Wessel (12 points), Kenan Kent (11 points) and Josh Franklin (10 points, 7 assists). Charley Baker scored a career-high eight points, while Mohamed Camara pulled in a career-high nine rebounds.

The Golden Rams are now 2-5 on the season.  Full team statistics can be found at www.njcaa.org .

Anoka-Ramsey finishes their four home games, Friday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m., against MCAC Northern Division opponents Northland College, and Saturday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m. against Itasca Community College. Both games will be held at the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus Gymnasium.

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