Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local Sports

January 10, 2013

No. 7 Burkburnett gets revenge on Rams, 85-54


Last year, an unranked Mineral Wells Rams team upset No. 10 Burkburnett in the area round of the playoffs.

On Tuesday, Burkburnett made the Rams pay.

Paced by a smothering pressure defense and 17 points from Chavaz Jackson and 14 points each by Elijah Strickland and Arthur Hamlett, the state-ranked No. 7 Bulldogs cruised to an 85-54 win over the Rams at the MWHS gym.

Perhaps the best part of the evening came when the Rams realized they would wake up the next day at 0-0 with their first District 6-3A game on Friday at Fort Worth Diamond Hill.

“That’s a good way to think about it, but I don’t feel 0-0 right now,” Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said. “But (beginning with practice on Wednesday) the real season begins.

“(Tuesday) their pressure got to us – full court, half court – and I don’t know how many turnovers we had but their pressure got to us.

“Burk shot the ball extremely well, and we didn’t play very well offensively or defensively.

“We just got beat by a better team. With our first district game on Friday we wanted to play better than we did (Tuesday). There is not a whole lot I can say.”

Early on it looked like the Rams would give their state-ranked opponents a game.

Senior post Ricky Scott began the scoring with a three-pointer from the left baseline, and after the Bulldogs matched the score, Scott nailed a jumper from the right baseline.

After Burk failed to score on its next possession, Scott drained a trey from the top of the key to give the Rams an 8-3 lead.

However, after a timeout Burkburnett responded with a 12-0 run to take a 15-8 lead.

From that point, Rams guard DaShawn Hicks took over.

The junior slashed his way down the lane for three layups from the right side to cut the visitors’ lead to 17-14.

Burkburnett scored the next four points before senior A.J. Williams drove in for a layup to cut the lead to 21-16.

After a Bulldogs’ bucket, Williams found a rare opening down the middle of the lane and converted a layup to cut the lead to 23-18.

Hicks scored the first six points for the Rams, including a three-pointer, early in the second quarter.

However, the Bulldogs scored 13 points in the time frame to increase its lead to 36-24.

Burkburnett closed the half on a 9-6 run to take a 45-30 lead into the locker room at the break.

In the third period, Burkburnett used a 7-0 run created by a pair of turnovers and scored six points in less than 20 seconds to take a 53-32 lead which put the game away.

“In the first quarter we played with them,” Pappas said. “But after that we cracked under their pressure defense. But this game is over, and we have to focus on Diamond Hill.”

Burk 64, Rams JV 56

Burkburnett went on a 23-10 run in the fourth quarter to break open a tie game as the Bulldogs defeated the Rams junior varsity, 69-56.

Braxton Allen scored 10 points to lead the Rams. Also scoring were Rascellis Williams with nine points, Dalton Mitchell with eight, Mark Glover and Coy Barrick, each with six, Dexter Cross with five, Devon Edmond with four, Tanner Newsome with three, and Conner Bradshaw and Maceo Williams, each with two.

Burkburnett 39, Rams frosh 18

Burkburnett went on a 28-4 run in the second quarter on its way to a 52-18 win over the Rams freshman team.

Marvin Johnson led the Rams with nine points, followed by Nigel Benavides with four, Connor Jacobson and Z Beard, each with two, and Branson Sanchez with one.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Lady Rams draw Graham in first round playoff series

    The regular season is in the rearview mirror and, as head coach David Tarver expected, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams will play a best-of-three series with the Graham Lady Blues to start the Class 3A, Region 1 and 3 softball playoffs.

    April 24, 2014 1 Link

  • Rams Champs.JPG Champs!

    With the score tied at four and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Tuesday night at Pratt Field, sophomore McCain Mason stepped up to bat with the bases loaded.

    April 24, 2014 5 Photos

  • 2014 Santo Regional golf pic.jpeg Santo girls place eighth at regional golf tourney

    BAIRD – The Santo Ladycats golf team ended their season on a positive note last week, battling the elements to play some of their best golf of the season en route to an eighth place finish at the Region 2-1A Tournament at Shady Oaks Golf Course in Baird.


    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graford Track: two 'Rabbits race to regionals

    TRENT – The Graford boys and girls track teams were in action, Thursday, at the area track meet in Trent, where two Jackrabbits qualified to advance to the regional round in two different events.

    April 23, 2014

  • Rams earn district championship with 5-4 walkoff win over Castleberry on senior night

    For the third time in the past four years, the Mineral Wells Rams are district champions.

    April 22, 2014

  • Kiss short.JPG Rams host Castleberry with first place at stake

    It all comes down to this. The Mineral Wells Rams' district championship dreams rest on their final District 6-3A game against the Castleberry Lions.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wildcats still in the hunt

    SANTO – The Santo Wildcats baseball team took a major step toward a possible district championship, Saturday, when they handed the Albany Lions their first district loss of the season in a 13-5 victory.

    April 22, 2014

  • MW golf seasons end at regionals

    LUBBOCK – The District 6-3A champion Mineral Wells Rams and Lady Rams golf teams saw their seasons come to an untimely end last week at the Region 1-3A tournaments on Shadow Hills Golf Course in Lubbock. 

    April 22, 2014

  • Braxton pitch Kenn.JPG How sweet it is

    The Mineral Wells Rams have climbed another mountain. After besting Kennedale for the first time in over a decade on their home field in the last week of March, the Rams (16-10, 7-2) swept their season series with the vaunted Wildcats, earning a 6-2 win in front of a home crowd, Friday night, to once again put themselves alone atop the District 6-3A standings with one game left to play. 

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Allie Kenn.JPG Kennedale edges out Lady Rams, 3-0, on senior night

    The Lady Rams wanted this one. Bad. But despite a brilliant defensive effort that kept the game locked at 1-0 until the final frame, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams found themselves so close, yet so far away from a district championship, falling to the second-ranked team in the state, the Kennedale Wildcats, for the second time this year, 3-0, Friday night.

    April 20, 2014 4 Photos

Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Click on a photo to visit our SmugMug page

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read