MRSS Ramblers post two huge wins

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The Maple Ridge Secondary School Ramblers scored a pair of decisive road wins last weekend, vaulting them to the top of the AAA Abbotsford West senior boys’ basketball division standings.

The Ramblers handed WJ Mouat their first loss in league play with a 68-52 decision Friday night at home, before hammering the Mennonite Education Institute 62-49 on the road Saturday.

“The two league games back-to-back called for incredible discipline and effort from the players,” said head coach Ken Dockendorf.  “It is not the statistics that win games, but the determination of all the players.”

Maple Ridge took the lead and never looked back Friday night against WJ Mouat. The Ramblers led 28-17 after the first quarter, and were up 45-28 at the half.

Maple Ridge was able to maintain their double-digit cushion of WJ Mouat throughout the second half, and were up 61-46 headed into the final quarter.

Jacob Durkovich dominated the inside, going to the foul line 14 times. He scored 18 points and had seven rebounds and six recoveries.

Max Neumann controlled the game from the outside with 20 points, eight rebounds, and nine recoveries.  Pavel Niemirski scored 13 points and had four recoveries.

In the Ramblers second league game of the weekend, the team travelled to Abbotsford to take on MEI, beating them 62-49.

The Ramblers only led by one at the half, and the gutsy performance of Joel Lutz kept the team in the game. Lutz ended the game with nine points, eight rebounds, and seven recoveries. Max Neumann scored prolifically in the second half, finishing with 28 points, five rebounds and seven recoveries.

The win puts the Ramblers in first place in their league as the team enters the final two weeks of league play. The Ramblers finish of January with an 10-2 record.

The Ramblers are currently ranked as one of the top 15 in the province, earning an honourable mention in last week’s  B.C. Boys’ Basketball Association rankings.

The Ramblers take on Brookswood this Thursday in league-action before facing Mission secondary, the top AA team in the province, on Friday in exhibition action.

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