3's and D

by staff Feb 8, 2019

Gavilan, CA – It was a show down of the top two teams in the Coast Conference South Division, as the Rams hosted the Seahawks of Cabrillo College on Friday night. In a rematch of a game played three weeks ago when the Rams won on the road by 10 points, sophomore DJ Burgess had a team high 15 points that helped propel Gavilan to a 16-point win.

As in their first meeting, the first half was close throughout as both teams worked hard on the defensive end, often forcing both offensives to take contested shots as the shot clock wound down. After a reverse lay up by Mrad Abrha, the Rams went into the half with only a 30-27 lead. Then in the second half, the Rams caught fire from behind the three-point line.  Threes by Burgess, Ibn Zaid and Daylon Potts helped propel the Rams to a 52-39 lead with 10 minutes left in the second half. While the Rams offense was flowing, their defense continued with their pressure, wearing down the Seahawks preventing them from ever getting back into the game.

The Rams shot 43% from the field and hit 10 of their 30 three-point shots from 33%, while the Seahawks shot 36% from the field and only hit 2 of their three-point shots for only 12%. All of the other team categories were close as the Rams out rebounded their opponent by 2, forced Cabrillo into 3 more turnovers than they had, but had 19 assists to 9 by the Seahawks.

Xander Bower had 13 points and 6 rebounds as he controlled the paint with four monstrous dunks. Ibn Zaid had 9 points off the bench, while both Deion Ellis and Kurtis McCoy had 6 points. Potts cleaned up the boards pulling in 9, while Patrick Fisher had a complete game with 5 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block.

With the win, the #6 ranked team in the state, took control of the division. With four games remaining, the Rams have a two-game lead over the Seahawks. They will be back in action on Wednesday as they take on De Anza College a team with one win in conference to date, and will be back at home on Friday night as they take on Monterey Peninsula College. Both matches will take place shortly after the women’s basketball games. Go Rams!