Ramblers face toughest teams

The Maple Ridge Ramblers senior boys’ basketball team jumped into league play last week, with the visiting Rick Hansen Hurricanes...

The Maple Ridge Ramblers senior boys’ basketball team jumped into league play last week, with the visiting Rick Hansen Hurricanes on Thursday, the No. 1 ranked triple-A team in the province.

They proved to be “very difficult,” said Ramblers coach Ken Dockendorf, as the host team soundly defeated Ridge 81-40.

Hansen started on fire and never cooled off, he said. The Rambler defence did not show up, and only Burke Brussow with 13 points and Tristan Coumont with 11 contributed in double figures.

On Friday, Ridge hosted the No. 1 team in the league, the Abbotsford Panthers.

The game was tied at 35 at the half, and with 25 seconds to go Ridge was only down three, but lost 73-68.

Despite a stellar team defensive effort against the top player in the province, Chase Claypool was still able to lead the Abbotsford team with 37 points.

A strong offensive effort by the Ramblers was led by the scoring of Josh Solk with 17, Coumont with 16, Brussow 15 and Will Chartrand 13.

On Saturday the Ramblers won an exhibition game against New Westminster 70-67 with some clutch shooting and defence from Coumont with 25 points, and Brussow with 17. Colorado Zelinski scored 13 and had nine rebounds.