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Bad quarter dooms Ringgold

| Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009

CARROLL TOWNSHIP -- When Ringgold lost at Canon-McMillan three weeks ago, the Rams were cold all night long as they finished with 31 points.

In their 52-45 "Coaches vs. Cancer" Class AAAA Section 4 loss at home to the Big Macs Friday, the Rams came out on fire from downtown, but fatigue set in after intermission and they could never recover.

"We played hard, but one quarter hurt us," Ringgold coach Pete Logan said of the third quarter in which the Rams were outscored 14-3.

"Canon Mac pushed the tempo and it wore on us. When most of our guys only play basketball three months of the year, you can't keep up."

In the opening frame, sopho-more Colin McCormick hit two treys and sophomore Andy Stine added another to help the hosts race out to an 18-12 lead. During the quarter, senior Dave Bassi manned the paint for seven points.

The Rams (3-17, 1-10) went on a 12-4 spurt to start the second quarter to take a 30-16 lead, but when Simon Bekavac hit a shot at 1:34 of the first half, the Rams went cold.

The Big Macs (8-10, 3-8) went on a 9-0 run to cut the Ringgold lead to 32-30 at the half.

To open the third quarter, the guests went on an 8-1 run to take a 38-33 lead and they never looked back and Ringgold got no closer than four points the rest of the way. Despite the loss, Logan was happy with his team's effort.

"When we got down, we never quit and kept fighting," he said. "Canon Mac is in a fight for a playoff spot and they control their destiny.

"We could have folded but we kept fighting back."

Bassi led Ringgold with 16 points while Bekavac added 11. Canon Mac was paced by Kurt Bonner (16), Will Glendenning (13) and Chad Hagan (13).

Ringgold resumes Tuesday at Baldwin.

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