LAMPASAS — Defensively, Rob Shivers saw what he wanted in the third quarter. More importantly, Lampasas’ head coach witnessed what he needs during district.
After taking a seven-point advantage into halftime, Lampasas held Blanco without a field goal in the third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 17-1 en route to a 50-30 victory in the Badgers’ nondistrict finale.
With District 8-3A play opening Friday, Shivers believes the Badgers’ success could hinge on their ability to consistently produce similar defensive performances.
“Obviously, as you go through those 10 games, you are going to have games where you can press and games where you will need to play halfcourt defense,” the coach said. “So, (seeing that) was big.”
In the third quarter, however, the Badgers’ offense was on point as well, allowing them to blow open the game.
Despite missing 22 of 30 field goals in the first half, Lampasas (16-5) held a 23-16 lead entering the third quarter, but point guard Mason Murray made a 3-pointer to trigger eight unanswered points for the Badgers before Dave Ramirez made a free throw to give Blanco its only point of the period.
Lampasas responded by recording the quarter’s final 12 points and claimed a 42-17 lead early in the fourth quarter on Levi Holland’s offensive rebound and putback.
Although Lampasas scored the game’s first 11 points and held a 17-4 advantage early in the second quarter, Holland believes the victory was earned with a complete third-quarter performance.
“We got our offense going and really worked to figure out their defense and finished it off,” the senior wing said. “We weren’t playing as hard as we could (defensively in the first half). We got back at it, amped it up a little bit and worked them.”
Holland tied Murray for team-high scoring honors with 10 points, and also finished with six rebounds, tying teammate Shayne Cofield for game-high.
Lampasas post Christian Adamski, who was cleared to play three weeks ago after missing more than a month of the season with an injury, posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting to go with three rebounds, an assist and a block. The senior scored six of his points in the second half, with four occurring in the paint due to patient ball movement.
But Shivers is most excited about the 6-foot-4 post’s defensive presence.
“What he does so well is he talks, he covers things up, he helps his teammates and gets back (on defense) and plays physical on their big post guy,” Shivers said. “He helps us more on the defensive end and most people probably don’t even notice it.”
Adamski’s consecutive baskets were followed by Murray stealing the ball and advancing it to junior Gary Spencer, who finished the play to give Lampasas its biggest lead of the game, 48-22, with 3:25 remaining.
The Badgers now turn their attention toward opening district play Friday against Brownwood.
“The big thing now is looking at the five different teams in district and making sure what we are doing offensively and defensively is going to be the best scenario in all those games,” Shivers said. “That is where we are at right now.”