Maybe it was the long bus ride that kept the Mineral Wells Rams from a better start, or maybe it just took awhile to figure out Holliday’s zone defense.

But paced by a pair of runs in each of the first and second quarters and an explosion of points in the final quarter, the Rams came back and ran past the Eagles, 89-62, here in a Tuesday night non-district contest.

The win elevates the Rams’ record to 6-9.

The Rams were down 7-1 to begin the contest, but went on a 14-3 run to close the period and take a 15-10 lead. The lead stayed at five points in the second quarter before the Rams went on another run to take the lead for good.

Mineral Wells scored 27 points in the second quarter in part form getting hot from behind the three-point arc. For the contest, the Rams went an impressive 12 of 25 from three-point land. Hunter Fincher, who led the Rams with 23 points, also knocked down three three-pointers, as did Matt Tincher, who finished with 17 points.

“We blew the game open in the second quarter when our pressure started getting to them and we started hitting our threes,” Rams head coach Ty Tabor said. “I think they felt they needed to stop (post) Skylar Flaska down low, so they packed it in down low which opened it up for us outside.

“By running a zone for most of the game they dared us to shoot the three. Once our kids got going they were hard to stop.”

The game’s pace slowed in the third period as the Rams scored 17 points while holding the Eagles to 16 to take a 59-43 lead into the fourth quarter. The Rams put the game out of reach with 30 fourth-period points.

“This was a good game right before Christmas break,” Tabor said. “Everyone did their part, played their roles. Holliday is a good team and this is a tough place to play and their kids play hard. This was a good win for us.”

Contact Index Sports Editor Tony Eierdam at (940) 325-4465, ext. 3419, or sports@mineralwellsindex.com.

Rams    15    27    17    30 – 89

HHS    10    17    16    19 – 62

MWHS – Hunter Fincher 23, Matt Tincher 17, Adam Rincon 13, Skylar Flaska 12, Zac Tabor 9, Jacob Vila 7, Donte Smith 3, Will Estes 3, Lorenzo Johnson 2.

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