Men’s Basketball pulls away from MCLA

On Feb. 16, Framingham hosted MCLA in their final regular season game of the year. 

The Rams honored their two seniors, Manny Payton and Khaneil Bruce, before the game in their senior night celebration. 

Payton played in 76 games in his three seasons with the Rams. He averaged 16.5 points per game in his career.

Bruce played one full season for Framingham, playing in all 25 games this year. He averaged 7.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. 

 The Rams took a 9-8 lead after an easy lay-in from Payton with just under 15 minutes remaining in the first.

The Trailblazers countered with a 14-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 22-11 lead.

Antoine Montgomery was the spark during the run with four points for MCLA.

The Rams answered with a run of their own and pulled within two points, making the score 26-24 with just 6:50 left until halftime.

MCLA countered once again, pushing the lead back to seven points.

The Rams were able to answer back with their own run to tie the game at 35-35.

The two teams traded buckets down the stretch of the first half and the game went to halftime, tied at 39-39.

The Trailblazers pushed their lead to 56-52 just over six minutes into the second. 

The Rams tied the game at 60-60 with 8:44 on the clock after an athletic finish from Cameren McCloud-Thomas and a jumper from Matthew Roheila.

The Rams then rattled off an 11-2 run over the next three minutes, including two 3-point plays from Payton to take a 71-62 lead.

The Trailblazers pulled to within four points with a layup from Mike Demartinis with just over three minutes remaining.

The Rams went on to seal the victory with four points from the charity stripe from Payton to finish his career-high scoring night with 38 points. 

The final score was score of 82-74. 

The Rams are now 5-7 in the MASCAC and 6-19 overall in the season.