Mineral Wells would close the margins temporarily in the second half, thanks to several steals caused by an incessant full-court press, but Pojo found plenty of layups in transition to hold off the Rams.
Biren Clardy added 12 points for the Rams, while Scott chipped in seven.
Top producers for Springtown were Caleb Brown (18), Dalton Scott (14) and Dylan Ray (11). Springtown ultimately controlled the boards and the lanes much of the night, relegating Mineral Wells to perimeter shooting, which ebbed and flowed.
Rike was happy to see the defense so effective, especially controlling the boards, a key point he attributes to Pojo’s success on the season.
“All year long, our guys have really bought in to our defensive scheme,” he said. “Our goal is to hold teams to 52 points or less, and in the games we are able to do that, we’re winning 85 percent of those.
“And we have been spending a lot of practice time shooting the ball. I really think our offense is beginning to gel — in district play we have five players average [more than nine points a game].”
With the third-place seed, Mineral Wells will meet Burkburnett in the Class 3A, Region I bi-district round at a site and time to be determined. Springtown, wrapping up the second seed will meet Graham. The Porcupines bested the Steers in a non-district game last December, 54-39.