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Using their exceptional size, speed and depth, Gordon Tech cruised to an easy 73-28 victory over Chicago Academy at the Luther North Holiday Classic on Saturday afternoon. The Rams led by 18 after the first quarter and never looked back, using runs of 15-4 and 18-2 to win handily.
Gordon Tech (8-5) dominated the game by dominating the boards. With a frontcourt that resembled a football offensive line more than a basketball roster, the Rams controlled the glass, out-rebounding the Cougars 34-19, leading to several easy baskets at the rim. And with a deep bench that allowed head coach Tom Kleinschmidt to sub in five at a time whenever his players were tired, Gordon Tech could keep the pressure up. The Rams finished the game with 17 steals.
“We knew we had a size advantage, and we wanted to use that as much as we could in this game,” Kleinschmidt said. “Our goal was to get as many second- and third-chances as possible, and I thought we did a good job of that.”
Leading the way for the Rams was sophomore Raequan Williams. A tight end and defensive lineman in the fall, Williams took his skills from the gridiron to dominate on the hardwood. With strength to fight through defenders and box out opponents, Williams cleaned up, posting 14 points and nine rebounds. Several of his buckets came off the offensive glass, a skill the big man said he’s working to improve as the basketball season progresses.
“Myself and the other big men, we have to take control of the boards and dominate,” said Williams. “Coach said that’s my job – to own the paint.”
Gordon Tech also got a big performances from Devanchey Bell, who came off the bench to score 15 points in the victory.
Chicago Academy dropped to 0-9 with the loss.