ROSWELL — What looked like it would be a tight game was quickly turned into a runaway in the second quarter by the Portales Rams on Saturday night.
Trailing by three points, PHS outscored New Mexico Military 15-3 in the second quarter and cruised to a 64-44 victory over the Colts behind a career-high 24 points from senior post Zach Campbell.
Coming out of their normal zone defense, the Rams (2-2) got after NMMI in this one, playing mostly man-to-man defense with a lot of pressure.
“The difference in this game is the effort was just outstanding for 32 minutes,” Rams coach Rickie McBroom said. “That’s really what we’ve been working on. And we played well together tonight.
“We just wanted to make sure we got after it. When that started out pretty well for us, we stayed with it.”
Campbell was the only player in double figures for the Rams, 10 other players scored.
“They were trying to half-court-press us a lot,” McBroom said. “When we got past them, it left him open a lot.”
PHS went on a 16-9 surge in the third quarter to build its lead to 16 points and was never threatened by the Colts (3-4).
Sophomore forward Dante Mora led the Colts with 13 points.
Portales visits Friona on Tuesday night, then hosts Clovis at the RAC on Friday.