Rams break losing streak in tight matchup against Mustangs

Men beat Midwestern by seven

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 9, 2017

Photos by Kaitlin Trujillo
Quay King, senior guard, looks to move through defending players. King scored 16 points against Cameron.

The Rams’ basketball team received a win over the Midwestern State University Mustangs at Saturday’s game after being down in the first half.

The final score of the night was 74-67; the team was losing 34-36 at half-time but came back in the second half, scoring 40 points to win the game and making them 5-7 in the Lone Star Conference.

"I thought they really battled defensively, when you look at the stat sheet they held them to 28 percent from the field and that’s phenomenal," Head Coach Cinco Boone said.

Boone said that the team also did good in rebounding.

"With a big team like Midwestern, that’s always their identity; they rebound and we out-rebounded them," Boone said.

The Rams also had a total of 17 assists.

"I thought we shared the basketball," Boone said. "That’s as good as we’ve played sharing and moving the ball."

Boone said that their turnovers are too high and that they missed too many free throws.

However, he said we was proud of the team and thought they played well.

Boone said that DeVonte’ Pratt, senior guard, and Michael Thomas, junior forward, stood out in the game.

"Both of them played their best game since they’ve been in a Ram uniform," Boone said.

The team scored more in the second half and Boone said he thinks it was due to the seniors.

"The seniors are just digging in and trying to find any way to win," Boone said.

Boone said that they realize the season is "slowly ticking away" and that they decided to lock in and play defense.

Boone said that this win meant a lot to the team because of their three losses in a row and everything that has happened to them.

"When you’re going through it and you’re fighting through it, you just got to see some daylight somewhere," Boone said.

Thomas scored 15 points and said he thought he did well on his free throws but needs to work on his defense.

Thomas said they needed a win after being on a losing streak.

"We just needed this win to get our confidence back up," Thomas said.

After being up in the last 15 minutes of the game, Thomas said they needed to "finish this game off because you never know what’s going to happen."

Four players had double digit points, including Pratt with a career high of 24 points.

Prince Foster, senior guard, led the team with eight assists and 10 points and Thomas Tshikaya, senior forward, had 12 rebounds and four blocks.

The Rams will return home on Feb. 16 to take on University of Texas Permian Basin at 7 p.m.

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