But again, the Rams could not salt the game away as Wendt hit the first free throw for a 65-62 lead but missed the second.
Castleberry guard Eduardo Torres’ desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer fell short as the Rams danced off the court with an unlikely comeback victory.
“We needed to win this game (to stay in second place),” Pappas said. “We played an awful first half and a great second half. I am kind of at a loss for words. I felt like I was going to pass out from yelling and screaming.
“As a coach I didn’t like being down 27 at the half, but these kids fought hard and did what it took on both sides of the court to win the game.
“It also helps our confidence. If you can come back from 29 down against a pretty good team like Castleberry, which shot the ball extremely well, it has to give you confidence in any situation in the future.”
MWHS 8 8 17 32 – 65
CHS 27 16 11 8 – 62
MWHS – Biren Clardy 20, Nick Wendt 5, Broderick Johnson 10, Dexter Cross 11, Rascellis Williams 17, Coy Barrick 1, Reece Tarver 1.