Men's Basketball Places 4th in National Tournament

Men's Basketball Places 4th in National Tournament

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men's Basketball team entered the NJCAA National Tournament as the #1 seed, but suffered some poor shooting at the most inopportune time to finish in 4th place overall.

In the Golden Rams quarterfinal matchup with MassBay, the three-point shots fell as normal as Anoka-Ramsey connected on 17 of 39 three-point attempts (43.6 percent) in winning 98-87.

Anoka-Ramsey outrebounded MassBay 44-33 and recorded 22 assists.

Edvonte Copeland finished with 27 points making 6 of 13 three-point attempts.

Mamadou Ngom scored 17 points and pulled in 12 rebounds.

Kevin Schramm scored 16 points and Malik Williams added 11.

In the national semifinals the Golden Rams ran into a formidable defense from North Lake (who would go on to win the championship) and fell 56-54 after battling back from a 14 point halftime deficit.

The 54 points scored was the lowest of the season, the previous low was 73, and 36 points below their season average of 90 points per game.

The Golden Rams were just 1 of 13 from three-point range in the first half and finished 5 of 25 from the arc, 18 of 68 overall (26.5 percent).  Compounding the issue was 20 Golden Ram turnovers to just ten for North Lake.

Schramm scored 16 points to go with 11 rebounds, and Chris Morgan scored ten making 4 of 5 field goals.

In the third place game, the Golden Rams jumped out 23-9 lead on Herkimer, but once again the shooting woes kicked in as Herkimer came back to cut the deficit to 42-41 at halftime.

The second half saw Herkimer steadily pull away for a 89-76 win over the Golden Rams.

Anoka-Ramsey shot 7 of 30 from three.

Harley Shear scored 22 points making 11 of 16 field goals.

Copeland finished with 19 points.

Zane Lind hit 4 of 5 threes in scoring 18 points with eight rebounds.

Ngom finished with 13 points.

Copeland was named to the All-Tournament team after the conclusion of the championship game.

The Golden Rams conclude the season with a 28-5 overall record.