Men’s basketball drops their final three games of season

(Cameren McCloud-Thomas (15) drives to the basket against MCLA as James Purcell (21) looks on. By Corey McFeeley.)

On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Rams hosted the Bridgewater State Bears in a league game.

The two seniors, Kenny Seitz and Benjamin Roache, were honored for their work on the team prior to the Rams’ last home game.

Although the Rams kept the game close, coming within reach of the lead several times, they could not outscore Bridgewater. The Bears gained another win, finishing the game 69-64.

This win boosts the Bears to 15-8 for their overall record and 8-2 in the MASCAC.

Three players for Bridgewater hit double digits. Rocky DeAndrade, Dimitri St. Louis and Rayshon Ward led in scoring for the Bears each with 17, 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Four players for Framingham hit double digits, leading with Charles Valbrun who earned 18 points for the Rams.

Manny Payton followed with 13 points and Kenny Seitz and Lorenzo Fernandes also put up 10 points for the team. Rayshon Ward worked for 12 rebounds for the Bears. Roache and Trevor Manyak both earned five rebounds for the Rams.

This loss for the Rams drops their overall record to 6-18 and their league record to 2-9.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Rams traveled to North Adams to take on the MCLA Trailblazers for their last regular season game of the year.

The Rams went into halftimeleading 33-32. Payton was helpful for the team earning 13 points in this half.

The Rams’ lead in the first half was short lived. The Trailblazers increased their lead throughout the second and finished the game 68-54 to take the win.

This win improves MCLA’s regular season records to 9-15 overall and 6-6 in the conference. This also places the Trailblazers in the third seed for the upcoming MASCAC championship beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Noah Yearsley and Adam Conquest led in scoring for the Trailblazers with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Conquest also led in rebounds, with 11 for the team.

Payton and Valbrun led in scoring for the Rams. Payton put up two more points in the second to finish the game with 15 points. Valbrun earned 14 points for Framingham.

Valbrun and Roache both earned seven rebounds for the Rams.

This loss for Framingham drops their regular season records to 6-19 overall and 2-10 in the MASCAC.

The Rams earned the sixth seed in the MASCAC championship.

The Rams returned to MCLA to play the third seed in the MASCAC tournament in what resulted in Framingham’s last game of the season.

The Trailblazers started off strong, scoring seven unanswered points to begin the game. Tyri Hampton ended the run with a jump-shot three minutes into play.

MCLA went on to score another 13 unanswered points before Framingham’s next basket.

Although Framingham had some runs at catching up to MCLA, they trailed by about 10 points for a majority of the game.

Yearsley shined for the Trailblazers, scoring 19 points for the team. Keiland Cross worked for 12 rebounds for MCLA.

Seitz and Payton earned 14 and 10 points, respectively. Valbrun got 11 rebounds for Framingham.

MCLA took the win, 63-52, ending Framingham’s season. MCLA will move on in the championship to play the second seed, Bridgewater State.

Framingham’s final overall record for the 2017-18 season was 6-20.

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