WAKEFIELD — Prout senior Eric Rameika entered Friday night’s game against Lincoln just nine points away from 1,000 for his career and afterward admitted he was a little nervous coming in.
“[I felt] a lot of pressure,” Rameika said. “Everyone I talked to in school was like ‘nine more, nine more’ and, I mean, I tried to not think about it but it’s almost impossible. I was eager to get it done and over with.”
The way the first four minutes of the game played out it did little to alleviate his worries either.
As the Crusaders anticipated, Lincoln came out playing a box-and-one defense to deny Rameika the ball and it worked; he barely touched the ball in the first four minutes.
“I started to be like, ‘I’m going to look like a goat,’” Rameika said. “I hardly touched the ball so I was a little nervous.”
It wasn’t until the 11:41 mark of the first half that Rameika got a shot off but to his credit he didn’t force things when he wasn’t getting his touches.
Instead he played team basketball and Prout reaped the benefits by picking apart Lincoln’s defense in a 61-46 win highlighted by the senior’s milestone.
For more on this story, pick up the 12/26 edition of The Narragansett Times.