Maple Ridge senior boys Ramblers continue strong league play

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The Maple Ridge Ramblers senior boys’ basketball team continued to dominate the AAA Abbotsford West division with a pair of wins last weekend.

The Ramblers had little trouble with Brookswood secondary on Thursday, as they cruised to a 71-47 win. Joel Lutz led the team with a double-double, scoring 17 points and picking up 11 rebounds, as well as seven recoveries. Max Neumann also had a double-double with 17 points, 11 assists and seven recoveries.

The Rambler defeated Fraser Valley North league opponent, Centennial secondary, in a 85-72 shoot-out. Neumann led the Ramblers with 31 points and 11 recoveries, as well as six assists.

The big men played well as Lutz had 15 points, seven recoveries and six rebounds, while Jacob Durkovich had 13 points and five rebounds. In the high-scoring game, Tyler Pipke, Pavel Niemirski and Matt Connor contributed with excellent outside shooting.

Outstanding guard play came from Amit Rakhra, and Lincoln Clarke.

The Ramblers take a 6-1 record into the final week of league play, and are in sole possession of the first place in the AAA Abbotsford West standings.

The Ramblers were to face Walnut Grove secondary Tuesday, and play WJ Mouat on the road this Friday.

“This sets the stage for an exciting final week of league games,” said Ramblers coach Ken Dockendorf. “The team is definitely ready to meet this challenge.”

In exhibition play, MRSS lost to the Mission Roadrunners, the No. 1-ranked AA team in the province on Friday.

The Ramblers had to play catch-up the entire game because of pin-point shooting and great defense by Mission. Ridge was missing both Lincoln Clarke and Lutz, who was sidelined in the game with a sprained ankle. Durkovich led the Ramblers with 17 points and six recoveries.

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