Rams shoot for history

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Published: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 15:57 PM.

What was a contrast in styles for Rutherford in its Region 1-5A semifinal on Tuesday might be more of a referendum on execution starting 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Rams, 25-2, entertain Bishop Kenny, 21-8, with a berth in the boys basketball Final Four at stake.

After surviving Rickards 39-35 in the semis in a struggle that the Raiders successfully turned into a halfcourt possession by possession marathon, the Rams are expecting to see more of a mirror image in the Crusaders.

“They use the 3-point shot as a weapon, run a lot of motion, use the dribble drive,” Rutherford coach Rhondie Ross said. “They are very sound fundamentally.

“They are a big challenge, but they’re a lot like we are. The two tallest guys are six-three and six-four.”

Bishop Kenny eliminated Palatka 57-47 and Baker County 53-48 to reach this stage. The Crusaders are attempting to repeat a Final Four appearance that last March ended a 34-year drought of not advancing to the state semifinals. They lost to eventual champion Jesuit in Lakeland.

This is Rutherford’s fourth region final in five years, however, the Rams never have won a region championship on their home court and haven’t earned a trip to Lakeland since 2010 when they made the Class 4A field.

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