LITTLEFIELD — The Portales Rams were a bit down after losing their first-round game to Farwell 57-56 in the Wildcat Classic on Thursday. Instead, they turned that disappointment into a positive.
The Rams won their final three games in the event, capped by Saturday’s 57-39 win over Andrews, Texas.
Isaiah Alvarado, Zach Campbell and Nathan Chavez all finished with 13 points for PHS (6-4), which won its third game in the final two days of the tournament. The Rams led virtually all the way.
“We’re really starting to play well,” Rams coach Rickie McBroom said. “Our last four games, we’ve improved, on the defensive end especially.
“Offensively, we’re really starting to execute much better, and we’re finishing much better.”
Senior Daniel Sanchez had eight rebounds as Portales controlled the boards throughout. Alvarado and junior Matt Martinez were each credited with five assists.
The Mustangs went to pressure defense in the final period to try to cut into a 10-point deficit. Instead, the Rams were able to push the lead out.
“Our kids handled their press extremely well,” McBroom said.
The Rams worked around some foul problems early, but maintained the lead.
“That shows we have depth,” McBroom said. “When we have foul trouble, we were able to maintain the lead. (Opponents) are having to work hard on the offensive end to get the shots they want.”
The Rams will now take a short break before returning to action on Jan. 7 at Artesia. They’ll host the Portales Shoot Out Jan. 10-11 at the Ram Athletic Center.