This Day In History: 1934-03-09
Led by center “Ace” Sutherland of Mahwah, Ramsey High School’s basketball team defeated Bogota 24-12 to capture the North Bergen class 2 Championship. By their victory they advanced into the semifinals of the state championships at Asbury Park against Merchatville High School. The Purple and Gold showed their determination early in the game with five points from Dombrowski in the first four minutes. The first quarter ended with Ramsey leading 9-0 and the score was 13-2 at the half. Ramsey took advantage of the large court at Pompton Lakes to nullify Bogota’s rough tactic, tactics which had led to the cancellation of their regular season game earlier in the year. Coach “Charley” Schanz’s strategy of using the fast break and guarding Bogota’s most dangerous player, Beckmann, with two guards was said to have been the deciding factor in the game. Sutherland was praised for his ability consistently to win the tap after almost every score and for his sharp passing. He scored five points. Vernon was high scorer for Ramsey with 11. Beckmann had six for Bogota.