The Mustangs opened their season at home locking horns with the Knights of Braxton. It was a tough opener for the Mustangs to say the least. The Knights came out in full ramming speed but so did the Mustang, and the result was a touch of chaos in the first half. The referees were earning their money this night while they were trying to correct the out of control skid. When the game got underway, it was fast paced from board to board. The Mustangs had a hard time finding the net in the 1st period, scoring just four points, while the Knights were capitalizing on the turnovers. The Mustang offense had trouble keeping hold of the ball early with misguided passes, thereby giving the Knights the chance at some quick under the net points. The game was physical to say the least, but a game between these two teams usually is. That is what the fans pay for after all. At the end of the first half, it was Mustangs 14, Knights 17, with not one team able to out distance the other.
At the start of the 3rd period, it looked like two different teams; the
passing became more controlled and the net started to get greased. Mustangs held the perimeter shooting to a minimum, started to work under the net and earned some points. The Mustangs had plenty of looks at the net, and were almost net for net with the Knights in the 3rd with the slight edge going to the Knights. At the end of the 3rd period, it was the Mustangs 27, Knights 33. In the 4th period, the Mustangs had a head of
steam and tried to capitalize on it. However, Knight defense picked up the handkerchief in the 4th and held the Mustangs to four points in the period. They had the looks at the net but were under pressure for most of their shots. The final score was Mustangs 31, Knights 48. In the game, it was Owen McGlothlin, Lathan Brown and Joel Elliot hitting for eight points. It was a good game to learn from, and now they need to tweak the defense and get more players on the boards. With the season just getting underway, the Mustangs will need to hit the floor next week running and get some wins under their belts. They will be at home and on the road this week, away on Tuesday night against Geary and back home Thursday night against Valley. Come on out and catch a game; you won’t be disappointed.
The Lady Mustangs also officially opened their season against the Lady Knights of Braxton away on Thursday evening. It was all out ball on both sides of the court that resembled a rumble match. There wasn’t much in the way of scoring as it looked more like a baseball score at the end of the first half, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. They put the ball in play and after several attempts at the hoop on both sides of the ball, the Lady Mustangs fell short with a final score Lady Mustangs 10, Lady Knights 16. The Lady Mustangs will be back in action Tuesday at Geary and will open at home against Valley on Thursday.