Rams beat Littlefield for third place

LITTLEFIELD — After a busy early-season schedule, the Portales Rams are about to get a little rest.

Junior Zach Campbell scored off an inbounds play with three seconds left Saturday night, and PHS notched a 55-53 victory over host Littlefield in the boys third-place game of the Wildcat Classic basketball tournament.

The Rams (5-4) played four games in three days in this tournament, and were playing their seventh game in 12 days overall. They are now idle until Jan. 8 when they host Artesia.

"We're playing pretty good ball right now," Rams coach Rickie McBroom said. "It was a really tough game, but I was really proud of our kids playing four games in three ways. They really handled it well.

Senior Zach Blaeser had a pair of 3-pointers and 16 points for PHS. No one else reached double figures, but five others had at least six points.

Portales trailed most of the first half and was down 32-27 at the intermission. They held Littlefield to seven third-quarter points to pull even, then opened a 10-point margin before allowing the Wildcats to come back.

Littlefield tied it on a basket with 15 seconds left. Junior Jarret Faust took the ball to the basket, but missed a tough layup and Littlefield rebounded, only to travel with seven seconds to go.

After a PHS timeout, sophomore Daniel Sanchez threw the inbounds pass to Campbell, who went up between two defenders and scored with three seconds left. The Wildcats' desperation attempt as time ran out was off the mark.

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