Chieftains, Gladiators and Wolves piled into the Rome High School gymnasium this past weekend for the Annual Red and Gold Game. This year, Jason Harris, Head Coach for the Lady Wolves Basketball and Rome High School Athletic Director, wanted to add another element as a tip of the hat to our former hardwood heroes.
The first annual Alumni Basketball Game was hosted by Rome High Basketball in the gym, and they added a three-point contest and raffle to cap off a fun evening of basketball.
Starting the games was a scrimmage between the girls who will make up the 2018 Lady Wolves Varsity squad. Harris got a good look at his team before the season starts, something he said will help them to be successful going forward.
“I am very excited about the way our team looks,” said Harris. “We have a tremendous amount of talent and many of them are very young. This is the end of two weeks of practice for us, so for the girls to perform as well as they did is promising. The sky is the limit for us.”
The first home game for the Wolves is December 1. Both boys and girls teams will host Rockmart, and Harris encourages everyone to come out and see the talented girls’ team and the extreme athleticism of the boys’ team.
Harris said that the RHS Varsity Boys were also very young and they have been working hard to gel on the court. Both teams were separated into red and black practice jerseys and gave each other two 10-minute halves of competition.
“We are just taking our season step by step,” Harris said when mapping out his goals for both teams. “We want to hoist the region trophies first, but the ultimate goal is always to be the very best teams in the state. We have a
few teams, like Villa Rica, that are ranked in the state. They will challenge us. We have to climb those mountains first, but we are confident in the ability of our teams to play at a high level.”
Next, the male and female alumni took on the current high school players in a head-to-head three point contest. Trey Driver, from the alumni side, took home the three point title of three-point champion.
Next was the main event. Alumni from teams past took the floor against the 2018 boys and girls teams.
Alumni players looked strong early-on posting a 31-8 lead going into halftime. The Rome High School basketball cheerleaders provided halftime entertainment before the second half of play.
In the second half, youth seemed to catch up to wisdom, as the Young Wolves chipped away at the lead until the score was 35-32, alumni up by three with 44 seconds left to play. In the waning seconds, K.J. Brown let go a three-point shoot from five feet behind the arc to tie the game. He was covered in a sea of his teammates as they rushed the court in celebration of the comeback.
For now, the old-timers matched up with the generation in the driver’s seat, but everyone could tell that when the Wolves turned it on, there was no slowing their attack.
“The energy was awesome in our building tonight,” Harris smiled. “It was fun to interact with our alumni and I think our kids really enjoyed themselves tonight. We were also able to raise funds that will help us to achieve our goals. I always want to find ways we can get our community involved and also show them how much we appreciate their support.”