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BIBLE HILL – It wasn’t quite how the NSAC Rams wanted to come back from the Christmas break.

The Rams (1-7) suffered a 79-43 loss to the Mount Allison Mounties (5-3) in ACAA men’s basketball Sunday in front of 150 fans at Langille Athletic Centre. The loss keeps the Rams seventh in the eight-team conference, two points ahead of the Saint John Seawolves (0-7).

Rams coach Colter Simmonds didn’t hesitate when asked what the difference was in the game.

“Size,” he said. “Their size killed us and their rebounding killed us. We had too many unforced turnovers.”

The two sides came out of the gate point-for-point before the Mounties started to impose their will as the opening quarter wore on.

Myles MacNaughton led the Rams with 12 points while Truro native Brandon Malally drained 19 for the Mounties. Truro’s Tim Crouse is also a member of the Mounties.

Simmonds said in order for the Rams to change their fortunes, they need to be more aggressive down low.

“We need to take better care of the ball and go to the glass with a purpose,” he said.

In women’s action, the Rams suffered an 85-37 loss to the Mounties.

Nicole Cox led the Rams, who lost five players at the end of the first semester, with 13 points.

They sit winless at the bottom of the eight-team conference with the Crandall Chargers, just four points behind the Kings Blue Devils (2-5) and Holland Hurricanes (2-4) for fifth.

Both teams are back in action Wednesday when they travel to Mount St. Vincent University. The Mystics lead the men’s conference at 8-0 and sit tied for the lead in the women’s table at 7-1 with the St. Thomas Tommies.

sports@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Langille Athletic Centre, Mount St. Vincent University

Geographic location: ACAA

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