2018-01-14 / Sports

Rams ride solid defense to cage win over Byron, 43-40

MONTROSE – On a night when the shots weren’t falling, Montrose’s varsity boys’ basketball used hard-nosed defense to turn away visiting Byron last Tuesday, 43-40.

The Rams did not have a player reach double figures in scoring as they fought through turnovers and cold shooting to prevail over the Eagles in a seesaw affair.

“We turned the ball over too much and shot poorly, but it was nice to see the fight we showed even when we weren’t playing our best,” said Montrose mentor Jason Danek, whose squad committed 17 turnovers, but came up with 11 steals. “We had a lot of players make contributions in many ways to help us get the victory.”

The Rams, who trailed 21-16 at halftime, connected on 18 of 54 shots from the floor for a chilly 33% average and made just 5 of 14 free throw attempts.

Montrose used a 14-7 scoring edge in the third quarter to overtake the Eagles at 30-28 heading into the fourth and then hung on for the three-point decision.

Tanner Ruiz led the Rams with nine points. He grabbed five rebounds and came up with three steals.

Justin Grzemkowski scored eight points while Eric Vandefifer tallied seven points, four boards and three assists. Vandefifer also spearheaded the defense with a team-high four steals.

Adam Stiverson contributed six markers and eight boards, Cam Tupper had five points and five rebounds, Logan Rhyndress recorded four points and a team-best 10 rebounds and Tyler Blackburn finished with four points and six caroms.

Montrose now stands at 4-2 overall and at 2-1 in league play.

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