Rams prepare for district playoffs

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Spring-Ford’s Cole Turner (right) drives the basketball with teammate EJ Campbell.

Andrew Eross, Sports Editor

Momentum was in Spring-Ford’s favor going into their crucial win-and-in game for a PAC playoff spot against Norristown on Feb. 5. However, despite comfortably defeating the Norristown Eagles 53-36 a week-and-a-half before this contest, the Rams were outmatched by the Eagles’ defensive physicality headlined by their 10-senior rotation. Norristown’s defense held the Rams to a measly 11 first half points, then continued to score 34 second half points for a final 47-28 routing of Spring-Ford.

This tough loss unfortunately knocked the Rams out from an appearance in the PAC Final Six playoff tournament. Falling to Norristown was quite unexpected considering the Rams had previously won four straight PAC matchups, including an upset victory over the then undefeated Methacton Warriors. Jake Kressly’s 16 points led the Rams in their home win over the expected District 1-6A tournament one-seeded Warriors.

Despite the crushing defeat, the Rams can redeem themselves when they are scheduled to host a first round District One Tournament matchup next Friday, Feb. 18. The Rams, sitting at an overall record of 16-6, currently slot as the expected 11th seed in a 24-team field. 

With a chip on their shoulder and almost two weeks of practice time anticipating this playoff game, the Rams will be ready to play in front of their home crowd in round one.