Springtown tied the game, 48-48, after a pair of short jumpers by Dylan Ray. The Rams continued to struggle on their offensive end, either turning the ball over or missing on long attempts from the field.
Springtown took the lead for good when freshman post Books Pennington scored on a put back with 3:59 left in the contest for a 50-48 lead.
Rams forward Mark Glover scored the lone point of the quarter for MWHS when he connected on one of two free throw attempts to cut the hosts’ lead to 50-49 with 2:49 remaining.
Seven seconds later, Springtown guard Caleb Brown, who led the Porcupines with 13 points, drew a foul and hi both charity shots to extend the Porcupines’ lead to 52-49.
The Rams could barely muster a shot in the final two minutes as Springtown’s defense smothered the lane and forced turnovers. A put back by Pennington with a second left closed the scoring as Springtown celebrated its comeback win.
“Bottom line was we didn’t play well enough to win the game, and they did,” Pappas said. “It was a great job by Springtown, and we will have to go back to the drawing board and figure out ways we can get other people to score.
“We have two guys who do all the scoring, and if we don’t get some others stepping up and scoring we are going to be in trouble because teams will focus on Biren and Nick.”
MWHS 20 21 7 1 – 49
SHS 14 13 18 9 – 54
MWHS – Biren Clardy 17, Rascellis Williams 11, Nick Wendt 6, Juvaree Sutton 6, Dexter Cross 6, Mark Glover 3.