Two of the top teams in the Dayton area got together tonight at Trotwood-Madison High School as the Elks and Rams renewed a series which has produced some thrilling games over the years. Tonight would be no exception as these two basketball heavyweights went toe-to-toe all night.
As expected, the game was played at a frantic pace from the outset. After eight minutes of play, the Elks trailed the host Rams by just one point, 21-20. The second quarter was more of the same and the Elks returned the favor by outscoring the Rams, 19-18, sending the teams to their respective locker rooms in a 39-39 deadlock. The pace slowed a little, but not much, as the second half got underway. The host Rams outscored the Elks, 19-15, in the third quarter to take a four-point lead, 58-54, to the final eight minutes of play. The Elks hung around, but could never get over the hump and the Rams hit their free throws down the stretch to post a 75-65 victory and remain unbeaten on the year.
Leading scorers for the Elks were seniors Matthew Pearce with 19 and Jason Sneed with 11.
In the first game of the night, the freshman black team ran into a buzz saw and fell to the host Rams, 64-18. In the middle game, the JV team rolled past the Rams, 81-58.
Now 2-2 on the year and 2-0 in NL East play, the Elks are right back in action on Friday night when they welcome the very talented Springfield Wildcats to CHS for an important Eastern division game that will help shape the conference title race. The freshman gold game gets underway at 4:30 PM, the JV at 6:00 PM and the varsity at 7:30 PM. At halftime of the varsity game, the Troy Pop Rocks will entertain the crowd with their electric show that is a fan favorite every year.