Elliott Byrd ‘22: On Tuesday, January 21 the Bulldogs duked it out with the Warren Mott Marauders. Romeo continued their hot streak, beating the Marauders by 11 points and winning four out of their last five games.
After opening the season on a four-game losing streak the Bulldogs remained focused and performed a complete 180. Romeo went on a three-game winning streak, lost to an extremely tough Grosse Pointe South team, then bounced back instantly by defeating Warren Mott.
“The game started out slow for us but we got it going in the second quarter outscoring them 29-7 and then just rode that momentum the rest of the way,” Brendan Arents 21’ said.
The Warren Mott game showcased the immense amount of grit and determination the team possesses. The Marauders came out of the gate fast, scoring 16 points in the first quarter while holding the Bulldogs to a dismal 5 points. Many teams would be discouraged and demoralized after a tough first quarter, not this team. Romeo displayed their grit and scored 29 points in the second quarter alone while tightening up their defense letting the Marauders only score 7 points in the quarter. Once the Bulldogs gained the lead they never looked back beating Warren Mott with a score of Romeo 56, Warren Mott 45.
On Friday, January 24 the Bulldogs matched up with Utica Ford in a MAC White divisional showdown. This game held huge implications on the standings in the division. Unfortunately, after a tragic injury, the Bulldogs came up short 48-54.
“We played pretty decent and limited our turnovers but what really killed us was when Jake [Ploetz ‘20] going down with an injury and our inability to stop them late in the game,” Blake Woodward 21’ said.
Jake Ploetz holds a key role in the Romeo gameplan. When the unfortunate injury occurred, even though they tried, the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome this adversity.
Next week look for Romeo to climb back to .500 with a home game against Grosse Pointe North, then travel to New Haven on the 31.