MINERAL WELLS —
Last year, the Rams came into district play not knowing their “identity,” and head coach Aaron Pappas had been juggling the lineup in an effort to try and find the best combinations.
The Rams figured out who they were and were unbeatable the last half of district play, which culminated in a playoff upset win over No. 10 Burkburnett.
It was “in your face” defense and “run and gun” offense that became the Rams’ identity in 2012, but they also were the hardest playing team I saw the last month of the season.
Well, Friday night at Diamond Hill, when the Rams got into trouble and were trailing late in the third quarter, their “identity” arose.
The Rams trailed by six in the third quarter only to win the game by 21.
Why such the drastic turnaround? Pressure defense.
The Rams played harder than Diamond Hill, and when they got down they turned to a reliable source: a full-court defense with half-court trapping and just plain and simple hard play.
Hard play – the kind of effort that makes the opponent know right away they are in a hard and not-so-fun game – seems to be reappearing on the boys’ hardwood.
If the Rams keep that up, a repeat district title will not be out of the question.
See everyone at the gym on Friday. I can’t wait!