January 23, 2011
Ross makes Columbus debut
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On Saturday evening at Capital University, LaQuinton Ross gave Ohio State fans a sneak peek at what they can expect over the next few years. The skilled 6-foot-8 forward brought his Life Center Academy (NJ) team over 500 miles west to the capital city to take on Westerville South.
Unfortunately for Ross and his teammates, South was able to knock down some big three's and come up with enough defensive stops to hand Ross and company a 60-55 loss in front of a full house. Despite the loss, Ross was just happy to play in the town he will soon be calling home.
"It felt great," said Ross, of the experience. "There were a lot of fans and a lot of Ohio State Buckeye fans out there. I just wanted to show them what I'm going to be bringing to the table next year."
Ross finished the game with 16 points and showed flashes of why he is rated so highly in many of the national rankings. A tough second quarter for Life Center was the difference as Ross and his teammates could only muster five points in the quarter. It was the only quarter in which Life Center was outscored but it proved costly as it turned what was a tie game after the first quarter into a 12-point halftime deficit.
"I think we should have put a lot more pressure on the at the beginning of the game," Ross said. "When we put pressure on them they turned the ball over a lot."
Overall it was a positive experience for Ross as he was able to get a little bit more acquainted with Columbus and he also had the opportunity to show his teammates around.
"We got in (Friday)," Ross explained. "I took my team up to campus with my coaches. That was the second time seeing the campus for me, I had came up for my official visit but it was great (to be on campus again)."
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