On an up-and-down night, Mineral Wells’ scoring slumped at the wrong time Friday night in a 57-51 loss to Sanger ‘s Indians.
The Rams found themselves down 10-2 before opening up their guns and getting scoring from Ethan Marsh, Luke Bullock, Zach Delgado, Tristan Gray to pull to within one point 14-13.
Mineral Wells would remain close throughout the second quarter with buckets by Charles Carter, Marsh, Matthew Pierce. Gray’s two free throws with 52 seconds left on the first half knotted the score at 25-25 before the Indians hit a three-pointer for a 28-25 lead at halftime.
Delgado’s three-pointer started an offensive push by the Rams as Marsh, Pierce and Gray notched baskets. Cambren Tucker’s field goal with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter gave Mineral Wells its first lead in the game at 36-34, and the Rams extended the lead to four points with a basket from Pierce.
Sanger’s offense featured a good deal of bounce passes and the Indians battled back to once again to seize the lead. Brandon Ragland netted a pair of baskets to keep Mineral Wells in striking distance and Carter made good on a couple of free throws to again tie the score at 48-48.
Delgado and Carter were able to draw trips to the free-throw line but the Indians keep the Rams at bay with a keep-a-away passing offense that ended Mineral Wells chance of a comeback.
Marsh topped the Rams’ offense with 11 points, Gray pumped in nine and Delgado had six.
Mineral Wells has an open date Friday and has one more regular-season game coming up with a road match against Venus, Jan. 14.