Collins II and Williams heroics fall to Golden Rams
LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – Despite season-high points totals from Wendall Williams (Syracuse, NY) and RaShawn Collins II (Harlem, NY), combing for 48 points, the Herkimer Generals lost to Anoka-Ramsey 91-87 Friday afternoon at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse in an NJCAA National Tournament consolation game.
Herkimer (25-9) found themselves down by as many as 16 points in the first half due to hot shooting from the Golden Rams. The team scored 54 points, hitting 56 percent of their three-point field goals.
This however didn’t faze the Generals, shooting well from outside as well, hitting 12 in total for the entire game for a season-best 75 percent. Hitting 11 of those were Williams and Collins II. Williams hit seven of eight shots - finishing with a game-high 32 points, five rebounds and nine assists - while Collins II hit four of six from deep finishing with a season-high 16 points, one rebound and three assists.
Due to the hot shooting from both sides, at half they combined for 107, with the Golden Rams leading by one point 54-53, never relinquishing the lead to the Generals in the first half.
In the second half, the Generals managed to capture their first lead in the game within the opening minutes of the half. A Jonathan Feiler (St. James, NY) field goal gave his team a 55-54 lead. Feiler finished with 13 points, nine rebound and four blocks.
The Generals maintained a couple possession lead into the final seconds of the game until an ill-advised inbound pass by sophomore forward Jason Foden (Dolgeville, NY) with an 87-86 lead gave the Golden Rams their first lead in 15 minutes, stealing the ball and going in for the layup, making it 88-87.
The mistakes didn’t stop there for Herkimer. Despite missed free throws on consecutive possessions by Anoka-Ramsey, keeping Herkimer within two points then three points, consecutive turnovers by Williams - one a charging foul and the other a defensive foul after getting it stolen from him down by three points (90-87) – lost any chance the team had at extending the game to overtime.
The loss gives Herkimer one more game at Sullivan Community College. They’ll play Lincoln of New England. The Wildcats lost to Nassau 68-60 Friday. Game time on Saturday (3-15) is 12 p.m. The winner will get seventh place in the tournament.
-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager