On Monday night the Robinson Rams (10-9) pulled off a hard fought 40-38 victory over the visiting Woodson Cavaliers at home; avenging their 44-38 loss to Woodson last month.
What must have made the victory especially sweet was the fact that this was on Senior night for Robinson, celebrating their 7 Seniors and the fact that things weren’t going well in the first half.
After the first quarter of play the Cavs defense was tough as usual, holding Robinson to 4pts (one 3-pointer and a free throw) and scoring 10 points. Both teams scored 12 points in the 2nd quarter, despite a 22-16 lead at the half, Woodson wouldn’t be able to hang on after that.
Robinson’s shooting was abysmal in the first half, only managing about 33% of their field goals, but the second half was a different story. The Rams scored 75percent of their shots in the second half and managed to get past the Cavs tough defense. Rams Head Coach Ben Gildea attributed this turnaround to, “Getting easy shots and finding ways to get into the paint.” Defensively, the Rams tightened up and allowed only one offensive rebound allowed in the second half.
The game got very intense in the final minutes of the matchup, the Rams pulled away to get a small 40-34 lead. But the Cavs made things interesting with a few buckets to pull within two, it was at that point that the fouls started to pile up. Both teams finished the second half with nine team fouls, but it was Woodson’s ineptitude at the free throw line that ultimately saved the day. “We were playing against the clock,” Gildea explained, adding that, “Our defense was able to pull out all the stops when it was needed.” Robinson will now finish their season against West Springfield and South County on the road hoping to end the year with a 3-game win streak.