Young Kaiser tops Ramona
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Cats coach Alvin Thomas said he had hoped for a more convincing victory against a struggling team like Ramona. “Being a young team, we play down to the level of the team we’re playing,” he said. “Then, we’re worse at home than on the road. Their boyfriends are in the stands, their families are here. It’s their nerves.” Because scoring was about as scarce as the fans in the stands, Kaiser’s 12-0 run in the second quarter gave the Cats a 21-13 lead that was too much for Ramona to overcome. Ramona didn’t get past 21 points until the fourth quarter en route to its 36-point total. In an earlier meeting this season, Kaiser held Ramona to 35 points. Still, the nine-point victory margin was too close for Thomas’ liking. FONTANA – Riverside Ramona coach George Moyer didn’t mind when he mistakenly called a full timeout instead of the 30-second version. “I’ll take the rest,” he said loudly in the direction of the scorer’s table. “I’m tired.” “We’ve done a lot better against competition at a higher level,” he said. “If we get ourselves together, our capabilities are there to play at that level.” To their credit, three of Kaiser’s players gathered around afterward and said they could do better. “We didn’t come out to play in the first half,” junior Kashima Patridge said. Kadie Sinohui and Ashli Williams led Kaiser with 12 points each, and freshman Arielle George added 11. The only scoring threat for Ramona was Lameshia Funches, who had 24 points, accounting for two-thirds of the Rams’ total. Ramona didn’t manage to score in double-digits in any of the first three quarters. “If they can play well together and play tough, they’re winners whether they actually won in reality or not,” Thomas said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His lack of enthusiasm undoubtedly came from Ramona’s weak offensive attack, which Kaiser happily took advantage of in a 45-36 victory Thursday night. Kaiser (6-10, 1-1 Sunkist League), a young team that starts two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, didn’t look particularly sharp. But Ramona (1-13, 0-2) looked worse, often just heaving the ball in the direction of the basket without actually shooting.