Rams pull away from Redhawks, win 2016 RIT

With LCI determined to beat the Redhawks in front of a hostile Western crowd, they played like there was nothing to lose and beat the host school 86-68 to win the 2016 RIT boys championship.

The doors to Western’s gym had to be closed as it was fully packed and buzzing on Saturday night. There was an atmosphere before the game began that you only see in big championship games.
 
The Rams started the game with a fast paced attack, and pushed the ball ahead early, scoring well in transition. Western started their game moving the ball patiently in the half court, looking for scoring opportunities inside against LCI’s tough zone defense.
 
Western’s first-year point guard Eliada Ewa (#5) made his presence known on the both ends of the floor in the first half, igniting the crowd with his fast paced play. Tevin Hall (#5) came alive for LCI as the 6’3 senior scored 10 points in the second quarter alone.
 
Both teams came out in the second half with an intensity that could be felt throughout the whole gym. LCI lead the whole third quarter, with Mitch Boychuk (#11) shooting the ball like the net was the size of an ocean. Western was locked in though, and cut the lead to two points with a balanced attack lead by seniors Kenny Okeke (#12) and Philip Okanlawon (#10).
 
The Rams pulled away in the fourth quarter where they picked it up on the defensive side, and stole the ball multiple times for easy transition buckets. Okanlawon scored ten points for the Redhawks in the fourth quarter to finish with 21 points, but it was not enough to spark Western to victory.
 
Ewa and Hall received the Players of the Game award for their teams. Hall scored a game-high 23 points.
The Defensive Player of the Tournament award went to 6’5 Forward Tanner McLachlan, while the Hustle Award of the Tournament went to grade 12 Western guard Marko Zivak. The MVP of the tournament was Mitch Boychuk of the LCI Rams.
 
Manbir Singh Parmar, WCHS Journalism