By Bill Bray.
OREGON – Perhaps the Little Giants should play the Oregon Clay Eagles more for no other reason than for a confidence boost.
Fremont Ross showed just what kind of team is within them as they won their sixth game of the season in the TRAC win over Oregon Clay 78-65.
Hot shooting, slam dunks, sharp passing and moving well on offense and defense were goals the Little Giants mastered as they played what perhaps was their best display of their talents all season long.
“We really shared the ball well tonight,” coach John Cahill began. “When you do that, a lot of guys shine. We got good play out of a lot of guys. Tykell (TK) Patterson only had two points, but he was very effective. Dekentra Hardin’s minutes were good and of course the three seniors did yeoman’s work tonight. It’s a good win for us. Clay has been knocking on the door as they were close to Whitmer who is in the league lead. So, they have had some up and down results, but they still played us hard and battled but we got through it.”
It was the 29-point third period effort that put the game away for the Giants. After holding a 35-31 lead at the half, the score ballooned to 64-48 after that point accumulating third. The assault was led by Ayden Carter who had 14 of his game high 31 points during the period. Along with his single three-pointer, fellow senior Anthony Vann connected for two shots from beyond the arc and Ross’ third senior, Carter Rodriguez had a ‘three’ as well to help that third period cause.
Carter’s 31 points was his third point total over 30 this season. He helped his cause as he continues his assault on a 900+ career point total and is also on trac to have a shot at Greg Bender’s season point total record of 460 points. Carter currently stands at 378 points on the season.
Besides Carter’s 31, Vann had an excellent night shooting as he finished with six 2’s and three 3’s for 21. Rodriguez contributed with 19 including three 2’s, three 3’s and four foul shots for 19.
Ross is back to the friendly confines of the “Purple Pit” Friday night when they take on Lima Senior. The Spartans stand at 14-6 and 7-5 in the Three Rivers Athletic League. Ross is 6-12 and 2-10 in TRAC play.
“It’s a good win. We have won two of three now and we have an opportunity for more with a double weekend against Lima Friday night and Bowling Green Saturday.” Cahill concluded.