By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona’s Bulldog basketball team went 1-3 in the Mt. Miguel Invitational Tournament and picked up its first win of the season at home before a raucous crowd by beating Foothills Christian.
The road was not as kind to the Dawgs as they lost to Valhalla, Mt. Miguel and Morse.
The boys basketball team used a stifling defense and rebounding superiority to come from behind to beat Foothills Christian High School 67-62.
Ramona got off to a slow start and trailed the Knights 22-6 at the end of the first period. Enter Kwayde Miller in the second quarter. Miller, playing himself into basketball shape, took control of the boards and led both teams with nine rebounds despite being platooned.
Ramona’s rebounding offset 24 turnovers against the Knights. Ramona then went on to outscore the Knights 51-40 in the final three periods.
Travis Stevens, Jonathan Schirer and Chris Duncan also rebounded well for the Dawgs as each grabbed seven boards apiece. Besides controlling the boards, the Bulldogs used their trademark aggressive defense to earn the victory.
Schirer led the Dawgs in scoring with 21 points. Stevens and Duncan also tallied in double figures as they scored 13 and 11 points respectfully.
In addition, Miller (7), Zach White (5), Ryan Heiar (4), Jordan Farhat (4) and Matt Lawler (4) scored in the victory.
Ramona lost to Valhalla High School 57-51. The Dawgs led 30-25 at intermission but were outscored 32-21 in the second half.
Schirer again led the Dawgs in scoring with 15 points. Stevens also tallied in double digits with 12 points. In addition, White (5), Miller (6), Heiar (2), Durham (7), Farhat (2) and Lawler 92) scored for the Dawgs.
The Dawgs offense didn’t get rolling until the fourth period in a 74-46 loss to Mt. Miguel. Stevens led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Jonathan Yerkes (2), Garlan Marshall (5), Heiar (1), Schirer (7), Farhat (6) and Lawler (8) also scored for the Dawgs.
Stevens, Marshall and Schirer hit one 3-point goal apiece in the game.
Ramona finished the Mt. Miguel Invitational by losing to Morse High School 64-54. The Dawgs got off to a slow start and trailed 38-18 at intermission.
They rallied in the second half and outscored Morse 16-11 in the third quarter and 20-10 in the final stanza.
Miller led the Dawgs by recording a double-double. The senior center grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 16 points.
Schirer also scored in double figures as he scored 13 points. White (2), Stevens (5), Marshall (9), Durham (3), Dylan Fieger (2) and Lawler (3) added to the score.
Ramona will celebrate the winter vacation playing two tournaments on the road.
The team will play in the X-Treme Glass Invitational at Sweetwater High School from Dec. 19-22 and in the Tri-City Christian Holiday Tournament from Dec. 27-29.