By TONY EIERDAM
Although the Mineral Wells Rams put up a lot of offense in their 84-47 victory over Fort Worth Diamond Hill in the District 6-3A opener, it was actually the defense that sparked MWHS to the win.
The Rams had put up 28 points in the first quarter thanks in part to seven points from Biren Clardy, but the game – which should have at that point started to resemble a blowout – was close as the Eagles countered with 15 points to stay in the contest.
However, with a little pep talk from their coach between the first and second periods, the Rams put on the defensive clamps and went on a 28-4 run to lead 56-19 at the break which put the game away.
“I mean no disrespect to (Diamond Hill), but we felt like giving up 15 points to them in the first quarter was too much,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “I told the guys between the quarter break that I would like to limit them to 6-8 points in the second quarter, and we went out and held them to four.
“Our pressure got to them, and from there it just kind of snowballed. We shot the ball extremely well, and the good thing was everybody got to contribute in some form or fashion.”
Three short jumpers by Broderick Johnson, a three-pointer from Maceo Williams and seven points from Clardy, including a trey, helped the Rams score 28 points in the opening period.
Although the Rams played shut down defense in the second quarter, their offense continued to pump in points as the team scored another 28 points in the second eight-minute frame.
Rascellis Williams went off for eight points in the period, scoring twice on driving layups, again on a short jumper and another time on a put back.
Point guard Dexter Cross also got into the scoring act as he added six points on a pair of three pointers as MWHS held a comfortable 37-point lead at the half.
The game settled down in the second half as the Rams worked patiently on offense.
Each team scored 28 points at the half as the Rams cruised to an easy district-opening win.
The Rams will host rival Springtown on Tuesday.
“I was pleased with our effort,” Pappas said. “It’s always good to get a win in district, especially in the opener, and I like the momentum we will carry into Tuesday when we play Springtown.”