West Texas High hosted the River Road Wildcats in a non-District basketball contest last night. The Comanches held the Wildcats in check the first half and had an eleven point halftime lead. River Road came back in the second half to make it a close game in the final quarter though, getting within five a couple of times. However, the Tribe kept their composure to hang on for the win 46-35. Alex Ramirez had a stellar performance for WT with 25 points, he went 7-8 at the free throw line, 9 rebounds, 7 steals, and 2 blocked shots.
The Wildcats led briefly in the opening quarter, until Ramirez swiped four River Road passes that led to WT points. One was an in bounds pass that he grabbed and laid up for a bucket. He accounted for six of WT’s nine points. Spencer St. Charles added a bucket and Nathan Forrest sank 1-2 at the line, and the Tribe led 9-2.
WT’s defense did a good job of causing the Wildcats to make bad passes that led to 15 first half Wildcat turnovers. Forrest made a sweet little shot in traffic for two. Ramirez added a bucket as did Justin Holmberg and St. Charles. Ramirez hit a trey with a minute to go to give the Tribe a 20-9 halftime lead.
Carlos Juarez hit a shot in the paint for a 23-9 WT lead to start the third. Then, Ramirez hit Forrest with a great no look pass for two more and a 25-9 lead. The Wildcats then made 8 unanswered points to put them right back in the game, 25-19 with 3:25 left in the third. Ramirez was fouled shooting a trey and hit 2-3 free throws, Holmberg added a basket, Juarez a free throw to give the Tribe a 31-24 lead after three quarters.
The Wildcats tried to make it interesting in the final period, but the game got physical. Two River Road players were called for technicals late in the game. Ramirez was “mugged” taking the ball down court but still managed to maintain his composure. He scored 10 of his points here, with 4-4 at the line, and also had 3 of his steals. The Wildcats closed to within six points, 41-35 with 56 seconds left, but good defensive play from St. Charles with a blocked shot, and a steal by Juarez helped wrap up the game for the Tribe.
Ramirez led the team in scoring with 25. Forrest scored 7 and had 7 rebounds. St. Charles had six points and 11 boards. Holmberg had 4 points and 4 rebounds. Juarez had 3 points, 2 boards, and a steal.