Rams look to another tourney run
The bracket looks very similar to last year.Six of the top-eight finalists from 2005’s Class 3A state basketball tournament are back again this year and one matchup is exactly identical – Roaring Fork vs. Faith Christian.Last year, Roaring Fork beat Faith Christian 76-60 to advance to the semifinals. The Rams then faced Yuma, who they defeated 50-43, to advance to the state championship contest. In the title game, the Rams fell 56-45 to Denver Christian – a team the Rams could face in the finals again.
This year, Roaring Fork (21-2) will be looking for similar first-round results when it takes the court against the Eagles at 10:15 this morning at Moby Arena at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.”The kids are excited – they are chomping at the bit,” Roaring Fork head coach Roger Walters said of his players.Faith Christian is led by juniors Abram Ziemer, who is averaging 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and more than two steals per game, and Graham Yantis, who averages 16 points and 6 rebounds per game. They are the key facets in an offense averaging 75 points per contest.
“They have a pressure defense and an up-tempo offense,” Walters said of the Eagles.The Rams, on the other hand rely more on the solid defense they have been playing all season that has limited teams to an average of 42 points per game. “Defensively we are hoping to get the same kind of effort we have been getting all year,” Walters said.
In the run-and-gun offense the Rams usually play, fast breaking and pushing the ball up the floor , Walters said his team must know how to slow down and run its offense.”We’ve got to be more patient on offense if we don’t score on the fast break,” Walters said. “We want to make them play defense for an extended period of time.”Senior Christian Tena is the top scorer for Roaring Fork, averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals per game, while fellow senior Derek Parker scores 10 points each game.
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