Ramblers split pair of league games

The Maple Ridge Ramblers played three senior boys basketball games in the past week, including a win and a loss in league play.

On Thursday, Ridge played league rival Westview. A strong first half allowed the Ramblers to defeat Westview 61-47.

Pavel Niemirski led the way with 24 points and nine rebounds. Ethan Coumont contributed 16 points and 10 boards, and and Amit Rakhra’s 12 recoveries led a determined team defensive effort.

On Friday, Ridge hosted B.C.’s 10th-ranked Terry Fox Ravens in an exhibition game. A quick start by the Ravens, who led 37-18 at the half, ended in a 68-34 loss for the Ramblers.

Niemirski and Coumont each had 10 points and five rebounds.

In league action Saturday, the Ramblers were defeated 69-31 by the powerhouse W.J. Mouat Hawks, ranked eighth in B.C.

The stifling Mouat defence allowed Rakhra and Coumont to score only eight points each, but that led the team. Rakhra also contributed seven defensive recoveries.

• This week will see the end of league play, Friday at MEI and Saturday the last home game of the year will see Westview visit.

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