Rams continue streak

ASU play tight defense to defeat A&M Commerce Lions

By Henry Mahome
On February 6, 2015

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: Demario Mayfield,
No. 00, uses all of his 6-foot-5-inch
frame to power through a Texas
A&M-Commerce player.

Photo by Marsalis Mahome: DeQuavious Wagner flashes by a Lions’ defender
on his way to the basket for a layup.

The Rams defend their spot at the top and continue their winning streak in another double digit victory Wednesday, Jan. 28, against the A&M Commerce Lions, winning 79-63.

This 16 point victory put an end to the Lions’ own sixgame win streak. Overall it was a great defensive effort from both squads.

The Rams kept the lead the entire game, but they had to work for it. The Lions were close plenty of times with five steals, three blocks and seven forced turnovers on the defensive end. They were also at the line quite a bit, making a little over half of their free throw attempts and shooting 14 for 27.

The first half was close all the way down to the 0.00 mark with the Rams up by only three.

The Lions’ Landon Carnegie, No. 3, put up a spectacular 14 points in the first half of the game. It seemed as if he were going to take control of the game himself because he had almost half of his team’s points by halftime.

After Coach Beard’s speech at halftime, the Rams came out to play. They were moving faster, scoring more efficiently, and showing an overall impressive defensive front.

Seniors Raijon Kelly, No.11 and Marcell Holden, No.3 gave outstanding defensive presences in the second half. Carnegie was held to only four points, ending the game with 18 total points.

Defensive Player of the Week Demario Mayfield, No. 00, showed he is not only a threat on the defensive end but also a force on the offensive side, leading the Rams with 16 point and 11 rebounds and making it his eighth double-double of the season.

Marcell Holden and Omari Gudul were not far behind him, with 14 points and 12 points respectively, most of which were in the paint. The Rams continue to play strong and determined to win with a 13-game winning streak on their shoulders. They play Eastern New Mexico University on Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. in Portales, New Mexico.

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