By Bill Tamburrino
The Bulldogs’ boys basketball team went on the road and the road was not kind to them as they lost to Poway and Torrey Pines in Palomar League action. The Dawgs are now 7-13 on the season and 0-4 in the Palomar League.
Ramona lost to Poway 69-52 in the Titans’ gym on Tuesday. The Dawgs got off to a 5-0 lead but the Titans regrouped and controlled the tempo for the rest of the game.
Kwayde Miller won the scoring battle in the battle of the big men at Poway High School (15-7, 3-0). Miller scored 15 points and Poway’s 6’10” Sam Beeler scored 13.
Ramona’s Jonathan Schirer took game scoring honors with 16 points. He hit three from beyond the 3-point arch. Travis Stevens had a pair of nines. He scored 9 points and led the Bulldogs with nine rebounds. Ryan Heiar (5), Chris Durham (1), Dylan Fieger (2), Zach White (2) and Matt Lawler also scored for the Dawgs.
“In tennis they call it an unforced error. Tonight the varsity team had a plethora of travel calls and a total of 23 turnovers where most were unforced. We have to eliminate the traveling calls and establish our pivot foot,” Coach David Reichner stated in his blog about the game.
Reichner would not go on record and say that he got homered by the officials at Torrey Pines High School, but the game stats indicate that the calls went mostly in favor of the Falcons (12-9, 2-2) in a 78-63 loss in Del Mar Friday night.
The Falcons went to the free throw line 54 times and the Dawgs got 21 free throws. Torrey also got a big break at the end of the first half. Torrey got to substitute on a play that didn’t warrant a sub in Reichner’s opinion. Torrey scored.
Ramona was called for a technical when Reichner pointed out that he believed that Torrey Pines had made an illegal substitution. Torrey hit four free throws and got the ball and hit a field goal at the buzzer to score 9 points in less than 10 seconds to take a 20-point lead into the locker room instead of an 11-point advantage.
Stevens turned in another complete game as he led his team in scoring (21), rebounding (9), assists (5), steals (5) and 3-point goals (5). He followed up a pair of nines against Poway with three fives against Torrey Pines for a full house.
Schirer again scored in double figures with 15 points. Miller contributed 9 points to the offense. Heiar (5), Durham (2), Jordan Farhat (5) and White (6) also scored for the Dawgs.The Dawgs had 26 turnovers in the game.
The Bulldogs remain on the road until Feb. 10 when they host Poway.