By TONY EIERDAM
Having lost their last four games entering Friday afternoon’s non-district home game against Brownwood, the Mineral Wells Rams were in desperate need of a win.
Head coach Aaron Pappas knew his “bigs” would have to turn in solid performances to defeat the Lions, and they did not disappoint their coach.
Paced by 17 points and nine rebounds by senior post Ricky Scott and an eight-rebound effort by senior post A.J. Williams, the Rams bullied the Lions, 70-52, as MWHS evens its overall mark at 8-8.
“It feels great to stop the losing streak, to say the least,” Pappas said. “Ricky played great and got close to a double double.
“Ricky has stepped up for us in the last seven or eight games and has been our leading scorer.
“Our defensive pressure also was a big factor. Our press got them out of their game, and as a result we got some easy transition buckets.”
Pappas said another key to the win was his bench. Reece Tarver came off the bench and scored 10 points, and Brandon Martinez had an active outing with three points and four rebounds. Senior Jacoby Prestwood also added four points and a pair of boards.
“Brandon played a great game,” Pappas said. “Reece also played a great game and scored in double figures. We finally got some bench players to step up and give us some scoring and minutes.”
The Rams displayed a potent offense early in the contest. MWHS, courtesy of 10 points from DaShawn Hicks, including a pair of three-point buckets, and five points each by Tarver and Scott, jumped out to a 24-11 lead.
But Brownwood crawled back into the game by taking advantage of turnovers and hitting five treys in the second quarter to cut the Rams’ lead to 37-30 at the half.