By TONY EIERDAM
In a District 6-3A game played Tuesday at Castleberry, the Mineral Wells Rams got off to a slow start and had to rally from 29 down in the second half with 32 fourth-quarter points to win the game.
On Friday at home against Lake Worth in continuing district action, the Rams made sure recent history did not repeat itself.
Paced by a 25-point opening period and 45 points scored in the first half, the Rams jumped out to a big lead and finished strong as they handled the Bullfrogs, 83-40, to raise their 6-3A mark to 4-1 to stay alone in second place.
The Rams will continue district play at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Worth Diamond Hill.
While MWHS had four players reach double figures – including a season-high 18 points from Broderick Johnson who also added seven rebounds – Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said it was defense that keyed the win.
“We wanted to play strong defense early and rebound the ball, and we did,” he said.”When you hold a an athletic team like Lake Worth to 40 points there is nothing to say but defense won the game.
“Offensively, we don’t usually have a hard time scoring – other than the first half against Castleberry last Tuesday – but (Friday) was some of the best defense we have played this year.
“We played man defense most of the game – full court man – and we ran a couple of zone presses, but nothing fancy. We didn’t really trap a whole lot; everyone just stayed with his guy.
“We saw film on them and saw that they aren’t a great outside shooting team, so our philosophy was to try and make them beat us from the perimeter.
“For the most part our kids did that.”
Pappas was pleased to see his post, Johnson, active on both ends of the floor.