2009-12-13 / Sports

Hawks prove too much for Rams in opener

MONTROSE – The Ram varsity cagers had the unenviable task for opening their season Friday night by hosting perennial power Hamady. Montrose put together a solid first half and hung with the Hawks, but Hamady ran away with a 78-49 win in the second half.

“Our guys played with a lot of excitement tonight, but I think we were trying too hard,” said Montrose mentor Rick Ustishen. “The guys hustled all night, but we missed some shot, and had some unforced turnovers instead of playing within ourselves.”

Hamady opened with a 16-9 edge in the first quarter, and steadily pulled away the rest of the game. The Hawks edged the Rams 21-17 in the second, then out-gunned them 22-10 in the third and 19-13 in the fourth.

“We were down 37-26 at the half, and I thought we were playing pretty good, but we gave up 13 turnovers in the second half and Hamady hit seven threes,” Ustishen said. “They’d try to go inside, then kick it out and hit the shot.”

Montrose finished up shooting 4 of 14 from behind the arc, and 15 of 40 from two-point range for 19 of 54 on the night, or 35.2 percent. The Rams snagged 38 rebounds and five steals, but gave up 28 turnovers. They were 7 of 15 from the charity stripe.

Will Sams led the Ram effort with a double-double – 13 points and 14 rebounds. He also had three steals and block.

Keith Boswell and Joe Anderson added nine points apiece. Boswell also had three boards, two steals and a block. Anderson had two assists.

Trevor Adams and Nick Huckabay chipped in five points each, with Huckabay pulling down five rebounds.

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