LAKE WORTH – The Runnin' Rams' last-chance effort to secure a playoff birth effectively ended in a district loss to Lake Worth High School on Friday, 67-48.
In an unusually competitive District 7-4A, the loss dropped the Rams to 2-6 in conference and out of playoff contention in fifth place. With two games remaining, the Rams sit behind the now 5-3 Bullfrogs, 6-2 Castleberry and Benbrook and frontrunner Kennedale at 7-1.
On Friday night, the Rams used a spin move by junior D'ija Kennedy and fast break for senior Carlos Gray to tie the game early, 5-5, but over the final three minutes of the first quarter Lake Worth went on a 10-0 run.
The Bullfrogs' press continued to bully the Rams in the second, contributing to an 8-0 run to begin the period and give Lake Worth a 23-5 lead before Rams junior Colton Griffin connected from three.
Despite Gray attacking the Bullfrog defense in the paint and Griffin and Rams senior Jayden Jaramillo connecting from three-point, Lake Worth continued to widen its lead in the second half thanks to strong play by big-man Obed Dagnon in the paint and guards Mariano Ortega and Jeremiah Garcia on the outside.
The Bullfrogs hit 11 three pointers on Friday, three by Garcia in the first half including a 45-foot runner as the halftime buzzer sounded. Elsewhere, Ortega and Dagnon combined for 12 points, and Lake Worth sophomore Myshun Bowie blew up in the second half with four three-pointers, three of them in the fourth quarter.
For the Runnin' Rams, Gray led all scorers with eight points, and forward Ross Bullock totaled seven. Elsewhere, juniors Khalil Thompson, Kennedy and Griffin and senior Isaiah Hockenhull scored six points apiece, and seniors Jaramillo and Lance Crawford and junior David Arias each had three.
A rematch of the Rams' overtime district-win against POJO on Jan. 5, the Springtown Porcupines come to town for a 7-4A match up this Tuesday, Jan. 30. At MWHS Ram Gym, the junior varsity Rams will tip off at 5 p.m., with varsity scheduled for 7:30 p.m.