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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Ramblers stampede Bulldogs

  • Quitman must have felt like it got into the middle of a Rose Bud stampede on Friday at Rambler Arena. The Ramblers scored 15 unanswered points to open the game and never let up, pounding the Bulldogs 64-22.
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  • Quitman must have felt like it got into the middle of a Rose Bud stampede on Friday at Rambler Arena. The Ramblers scored 15 unanswered points to open the game and never let up, pounding the Bulldogs 64-22. “I was proud of our effort and I was proud of our team work,” said Rose Bud Coach Rob Welch. “Quitman is not a bad ball team and I felt like we had to play as a team in order to get a victory tonight and I was really proud of the fact that we only had two turnovers at halftime. “I thought that was a big momentum builder for us, just making sure we valued the ball. I was impressed with our defensive intensity,” Welch continued. “The last couple of days we have worked on making sure we are together and communicating with each other at the defensive end and I thought we did a real good job of that tonight.” Forward Tyler Mercer gave Rose Bud (2-5) an early lead with a floater from left baseline then guard Dillon Reesnes, who scored 11 points in the first quarter, drilled a three-pointer from right corner off an assist from guard Jake Pratt. Mercer extended Rose Bud's lead to 7-0 with a bucket in transition off an assist from guard Cole Robertson, who moments later scored on a driving scoop shot. After Reesnes picked a steal and finished with a layup, power forward Brandon Hampton scored four straight on two consecutive follow shots. Down 15-0, Quitman broke its drought with a jumper from guard Chase Stewart. Reesnes countered with two straight three-pointers, one from right wing and another from left corner off an assist from Robertson, giving Rose Bud a 21-2 lead after one quarter of play. The Ramblers outscored Quitman 15-13 in the second quarter as Mercer threw down the first of two rim-rattling slam dunks while scoring four points in the period. Pratt and reserve guard Blake Moss each popped a three-pointer, forward Christian Reynolds also scored three points and Hampton contributed a bucket in the period for Rose Bud. Quitman found a little offensive rhythm, especially forward Chase Freeman, who scored six points in the second quarter. With 8.2 seconds left in the first half, Freeman hit a pair of free throws, whittling Rose Bud's lead to 36-15 at intermission. The Ramblers opened the third quarter with a 12-0 run to erase any doubt, starting when Reesnes swiped a steal that led to a Robertson basket off an inbound play. Mercer followed with four straight, including a strong drive completed by a finger roll. Hampton added four more on two buckets in the paint and Robertson slashed down left baseline for a layup as the Ramblers pushed their lead to 48-15 and cruised down the stretch with the clock running non-stop during the final eight minutes. Freeman paced Quitman with nine points and Stewart added five. Mercer, who ended the third quarter with a thunderous dunk off an offensive rebound, led Rose Bud's balanced scoring attack with 14 points, Reesnes added 13, Hampton had 10 and Robertson finished with nine.

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