Rams rally late in rematch victory over Roncalli

Ralston’s Jordan Padilla shoots over a Roncalli defender during the Rams’ win Friday at Ralston.

Ralston turned up the intensity during Friday night’s game against Omaha Roncalli to come away with a 49-43 win.

Trailing 41-35 early in the fourth quarter, the Rams used a 14-2 run over the final four minutes of the game to take the win.

“We competed instead of participated,” Ram coach Jason Jackson said of the fourth quarter comeback.

“Sometimes we just participate instead of compete and we actually competed and got after people and made plays.”

Armando Jackson started the spurt by making a free throw to complete a three-point play with just over four minutes to go and to cut the deficit to three.

After two free throws from Taylor Murph, Ralston forced a turnover and Armando Jackson was fouled on the ensuing Ram possession and made one free throw to tie the game at 41.

Roncalli was called for an offensive foul on its next possession and Murph responded with a basket to give the Rams their first lead since the first quarter.

The Rams again forced a turnover by the Crimson Pride and Jadyn Flowers, who finished with a game-high 19 points, converted to give the Rams a four-point lead.

After a Roncalli basket, Armando Jackson made two free throws with 22.3 seconds remaining to push the lead back to four points.

After another Roncalli turnover, Donovan Warren was fouled and made two free throws to seal the victory.

Warren finished with 11 points.

Jason Jackson said finishing shots helped build the Rams’ confidence during the fourth quarter run.

“I felt like it was a confidence thing on our end after we made a couple of plays. I think that was the big key,” he said.

“To finish plays and make free throws and be effective, that was big.”

The Rams had extra incentive to win Friday night’s game after losing to the Crimson Pride in overtime on Jan. 22.

“It felt good because that’s one we thought we had in our hands as a possible win and we let that slip away,” Jackson said of the overtime loss. “So to get that back felt good. Our kids really felt good.”

Roncalli started the game with a 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Warren hit a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to tie the game at 11-all, but the Crimson Pride went on an 8-1 run to help build a 21-15 lead at halftime.

The Rams trailed 34-27 late in the third quarter, but Warren cut the lead to four when he made all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt as the period expired.

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