TRURO – Could Saturday’s result be a bit of foreshadowing for the NSAC Rams?
They certainly think so.
The Rams (1-6) defeated the Saint John Seawolves (0-7) 80-56 at Langille Athletic Centre for their first win of the ACAA men’s basketball season before falling to the Mount Allison Mounties 68-92 Sunday in what was their final game before the Christmas break.
The Rams enter the break seventh in the eight-team conference.
“In terms of wins and losses it’s been a bit disappointing,” Rams coach Colter Simmonds said of the first half of the schedule. “But the kids are starting to play better and I expect we’ll get some more wins in the second half.”
Wins have been hard to come by for the Rams as they search for their stride with six rookies and just four returning players and it’s led to some lopsided scores.
But there is one quality the Rams have an abundance of, and it’s starting to show through on the floor.
“They work their butts off,” Simmonds said. “Sometimes morale can really go down when you’re struggling but we don’t have that. They just keep improving.”
Although the wins haven’t exactly been rolling in yet, Simmonds said that time isn’t far off. He’s seen the scoring difference between his team and opponents steadily shrink thanks to an offence that’s getting better and a defence that’s learning to be more aggressive.
“We’re scoring because of our offence, not because of broken plays,” he said. “I think the next seven games are going to be a lot better than the first seven.”
That’s the same attitude exuded by the Rams women’s side.
Heading into the break 0-6 and in a tie with the Crandall Chargers for seventh in the eight-team conference, the Rams also feel the stars are lining up for a brighter second half after losing 85-78 in overtime to the Mount Allison Mounties Sunday and 77-62 to the Saint John Seawolves Saturday.
“We are looking forward to the second half of the season,” coach Shelly Roberts said. “We really feel like we can play with most teams. We would like to pick up a few more wins after Christmas and get ourselves in the middle of the pack. Making playoffs and giving ourselves a chance is our goal.”
Roberts said to do that her players just need to keep doing what they’re doing.
“We need to continuing to work hard, improve as individuals and as a group and we should be fine,” she said.