Tip Off to the Season
December 22, 2015
The boys basketball team had a great start to their season Friday night against rivals, Eastern Christian. From the start, the boys were determined to put up a fight. Despite facing a height disadvantage, the Rams held up against the Eagles in the first quarter and were leading going into the third. Junior, Jont’a Jahaad Bianco, led the team with three consecutive three pointers in the second quarter and one to end the first half. The team as well as the fans were jumping out of their seats in support of the five rams on the court. Lodi came into the second half with the desire to secure the win. They were playing sound basketball and stuck to the fundamentals of the game. Senior, Stephen Almonte, moved the ball well and had an excellent passing game along with the rest of the team. Sophomore, Carlos Pepin, matched up in height with the boys from North Haledon as he caught vital rebounds for the Rams and gave way for seniors Ahmad Odeh and Melvin Florian to start the attack. Melvin Florian had a dominating performance, adding twenty four points in the win and senior Edwin Alvarez played a pivotal role in defense for the Rams. Overall, the team put on a show and played with great chemistry. They hope to capitalize at their next game which is away at Garfield.
The nerves were surfaced in the first half of play for the Lady Rams this past Friday in their season opener against Eastern Christian. Coach Romeo’s young team came up against a very experienced side from North Haledon. The Lady Rams started off the first half very slowly, but sure enough were determined to change it up going into the second half. Captain Liliann Vizcaino motivated her teammates to continue putting forth their best efforts despite what the scoreboard read. The girls came out in the second half and were able to outscore the Eagles 20-19. Junior Lila Reginald and freshman Aliyah Williams played a huge role in the Rams second half of play. When interviewed, Vizcaino stated, “I believe we did put up a fight and worked until the very end. I’m excited to see how the second half team plays for the rest of the season.” Despite the loss, the girls are determined to make this season count and look to improve their record this week against Garfield.