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Big Macs batter Rams

| Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003

CARROLL TOWNSHIP - The Ringgold boys' basketball team needed a good shooting performance against Canon- McMillan Friday to overcome the loss of suspended center Troy Yonkers.

Instead the Rams (7-6, 1-3) produced their worst shooting game of the season, falling to the Big Macs, 44-34, in Class AAAA's Sec. 2.

"I just can't believe how poorly we shot the ball tonight," Ringgold coach Phil Pergola said. "We had plenty of open shots, and we just couldn't hit anything."

Yonkers and Mike Bassi were ejected from Ringgold's game against Monessen earlier this week, thus making them ineligible for last night's contest.

The Big Macs (3-11, 2-2) took advantage of Yonkers' absence by dominating the boards, out-rebounding Ringgold 37-22.

"But I don't think that was the difference in the game," Pergola said. "Naturally we missed Troy out there. But we had at least 10 easy shots I can picture in my mind that we missed."

Canon-Mac, playing without injured star forward Justin Moore, jumped to an 11-6 lead after a quarter.

Eric Taylor scored seven of his game-high 13 points in the first quarter, as Ringgold struggled to mount any kind of an offensive attack.

"Their defense did not really have anything to do with us not scoring," Pergola said. "The shots were there. I'm at a loss."

The bright spot for Ringgold was Colby Grubich, who started for Yonkers and led the Rams in points (8) and rebounds (8).

"He really stepped up tonight," Pergola said. "He did well."

Ringgold made a brief run early in the fourth quarter when Ryan Bowker hit his only three-pointer of the night, and then scored on a drive to the lane, pulling the Rams within nine.

Taylor then ended any thought of a Rams' comeback with two scores off Ringgold turnovers.

"We just couldn't score," Pergola said. "You can't lose games at home in your section."

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