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With the high school basketball season reaching its regular season halfway point this week, teams are starting to be recognized as contenders and pretenders. On Friday, two of the most puzzling cases met up in Kentwood, as the Falcons hosted the Rams of Rockford. East Kentwood entered the night with a 6-5 record, with five losses against top-tier teams, and most of the six wins coming against average talent. For Rockford, they were 3-8, with a majority of their losses against top tier teams and their three wins coming against average competition. Each team has shown glimmers of potential, but also raised a handful of questions throughout the year. With similar paths entering Friday night, it should come as no surprise that the contest between them needed two extra overtimes to finish.
This contest was back and forth all night long, and the lead at the end of a quarter never was more than two points in either direction. A key battle was the inside play of Rockford’s Ryan Gamm and the outside shooting of Kentwood’s Ja’Moni Jones. Gamm was also instrumental on the defensive end for the Rams as he collected sixteen rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
For Rockford, Ryan Gamm along with Jason Majerle create a matchup challenge with their inside-out play. This along with poor shooting for the Falcons at the charity stripe (seven of twenty-nine), proved to be the difference in this one as it went into the second overtime. Despite trailing at the end of each of the first three quarters, Rockford prevailed in the end of this one 69-66. Majerle led the way for the Rams with 22 points. With the win, Rockford moves to 4-8, while East Kentwood falls to 6-6 after the defeat. These two teams will meet up again Friday February 24 in Rockford, and its sure to be another great bout.