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The Rams earn their first win of the season

A solid performance from Sam Ammon helps the team put away conference matchup

Photo Credit: Roman Sarkisov

The first conference game in the season for Holt was against Everett on Friday, Dec. 7. The Rams came up big and dominated, winning 68-50. Holt is now 1-0 in the CAAC Blue and 1-2 for the season overall.

The Rams had control over the entire game, never giving up the lead. The gymnasium roared as Everett called an early timeout after senior captain Max Darling made a three-pointer within the first ten seconds of the first quarter, and it continued throughout the night.

“We played great throughout the whole game,” said Darling. The guard had 12 points and shot 4/6 from the three-point arc. He also added 4 rebounds.

Junior guard Sam Ammon looks on as there’s a break in the game. “I was pretty happy with my performance I thought I shot the ball well but more importantly found my teammates and played good defense,” said Ammon. | Photo Credit: Roman Sarkisov

The three-pointers kept coming. The Rams hit five of them in the first quarter to give themselves a 21-10 lead going into the second quarter. In the second, they added two more for a total of 7/12 shooting from the three-point line in the first half, opposed to Everett’s 4/17. With their efficient shooting, Holt expanded their lead to 37-21 at the end of the first half.

“Our team played really well,” said junior guard Sam Ammon. “We moved the ball well and shot it the best we have this season.” Ammon stepped up Friday night with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Junior guard Josiah Shamsideen dribbles the ball up the court. “I thought Josiah Shamsiddeen played a terrific game,” said Zwick. “His rebounding was impressive from the guard position.” Shamsideen had 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. | Photo Credit: Roman Sarkisov

“Sam Ammon played a terrific all-around game,” said head coach Darren Zwick. “Beyond the stats, he did a great job of controlling the tempo of the game and handling Everett's pressure.”

The Rams started the third quarter with a 9-0 run. The Vikings called a timeout in response and the audience cheered. Holt led 46-21 with 5:37 left in the third and never looked back. The team kept a big margin throughout the remainder of the game and won 68-50.

“We communicated very well on both ends of the floor and overall had a good performance,” said Ammon.

This is the first win of this season for the team. The hard work has paid off in practice and the team is ready to carry the momentum for the rest of the season.

“I'm happy for the boys since they have been working hard in practice to improve each day,” said Zwick. “It should give the team some confidence as we move forward to our next game.”

The next game for the Rams is Tuesday, Dec. 11 at St. Johns High School.

Head coach Darren Zwick watches his team battle for possession. “I enjoyed watching how well the boys played and seeing many of the things we have been working on in practice come together in the game,” said Zwick. “My favorite moment was the excitement of the entire team in the locker room after the game and the boys getting the opportunity to put together the opening spot for the Channel 6 5th Quarter - and they did it on one take!” | Photo Credit: Roman Sarkisov

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