In reaching an elite milestone, Bloomfield’s Michael Ramos was well aware of the tremendous lineage of the Bengals’ boys basketball tradition.
“We all know about the great players who have been here,” said Ramos, a junior, and the son of Katia Kam and Michael Ramos. “It was special, for sure.”
Ramos reached the milestone with a 29 point effort against Barringer, as the Bengals won, 67-40, on Feb. 9, in Bloomfield.
Michael Ramos, joined by teammates and coaches, as he’s honored for scoring 1,000 career points. (Thanks to the great Jerry Simon for the photo).
“I didn’t think that would be the game I’d get 1,000 in,” said Ramos. “I needed a lot of points. But it all worked out.”
Bloomfield head coach Pat Brunner isn’t surprised by Ramos’ play.
“Michael is a hard worker, who loves to play,” said Brunner. “He’s a gym rat, and the sky’s the limit for him.”
Ramos has already drawn interest from some major colleges, including Manhattan College and Kent State University. His love of basketball came from his father, who got him on the basketball court at a young age.
Ramos is the 10th Bengal to eclipse 1,000 points, and the first in five years to do so. The last to do it was Jameel Patterson. Prior to that, it was Jamil Goodwin, in 2008.
“I know what players like Kelly Tripucka did here,” said Ramos of Bloomfield’s all-time leading scorer and one time NBA star, with the Detroit Pistons. “It’s a special list to be on.”
While individual accolades are nice, Ramos is thinking ahead, as the Bengals prepare for the biggest part of the season.
“We’re having a good year, but now is the time for us to step it up,” said Ramos.
Bloomfield was 18-5 heading into an Essex County Tournament quarterfinal game on Feb. 17. In 23 games, Ramos had scored in double figures 20 times, including the last nine games. His season high is 29 points, which came against Barringer twice this year.