Rams head coach Aaron Pappas said his team learned a lesson a week ago when it may have taken Castleberry lightly as the Lions started out with 27 first-quarter points and held a 29-point lead in the third quarter before the Rams pulled off a remarkable comeback to win by three points.
Not only did Pappas say the comeback will help the team’s confidence that it can win in any situation, but he also said it served as a “wake-up call” for the team that it cannot take any district team lightly
The Rams responded after the Castleberry game by jumping out to a 25-11 lead Friday against Lake Worth and by scoring 45 first-half points.
“I think we learned a lesson at Castleberry,” Pappas said. “We are now in our ‘take it one game at a time’ mode as we enter the second half of district.”
The Eagles will have to focus on the Rams’ leading scorer, junior guard Biren Clardy, who is averaging 22.2 points per game in district play with a high game of 31.
Of course, focusing on Clardy opens it up for three-point specialist Nick Wendt, and it puts less pressure on the MWHS posts.
One post who has stepped up his play recently is sophomore Broderick Johnson, who scored a season-high 18 points against Lake Worth while pulling down seven rebounds.
“Broderick has gotten better every game,” Pappas said. “He is starting to score for us and his rebounding is improving, and he is doing all of the things we have asked him to do from the beginning of the season.”