“It threw us for a loop early, but we finally played tough defense and came back to win the game. I couldn’t be happier.”
Mineral Wells junior point guard Biren Clardy said there was no panic on the team as it trailed by 21 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We just came together as a team and fought until the very end,” Clardy, who led the Rams with 20 points, said. “We knew we needed to step up our defense and not foul, and that’s what we did. This was a great team win.”
The genesis of the Rams’ comeback began late in the third quarter when the team, trailing 50-22, closed the period on a 11-2 run.
A great individual effort by Rascellis Williams got the team back into the contest. Williams had scored the final four points of the third quarter, and at the beginning of the fourth he went on a personal 9-0 run that included scoring on a put back, two layups and on a three-point play where he scored on a driving layup, was fouled, and connected on the charity shot.
Williams ended his run with a layup off a brilliant feed from Clardy that cut the hosts’ dwindling lead to 54-42.
It was Clardy’s turn, next.
Off a feed from Williams, Clardy scored on a layup, and after a Lions’ turnover, Clardy nailed a three-point bucket from the right perimeter to cut the lead to 54-47 which capped a 20-0 run.
The Lions extended their lead to 58-50 after Eric Hays hit a pair of free throws and a jumper, but the Rams were not unruffled.
Point guard Dexter Cross, who was a defensive nightmare for the Lions all night, came through on the offensive end with a driving layup, and Nick
Wendt followed with a pair from the line as MWHS cut the CHS lead to 58-54 with 4:02 left to play. Amazingly, the Rams needed less than four minutes to cut a 21-point deficit down to just four points.