The Macksville Mustangs boys basketball team split a pair of games losing a close game to Central Plains 36-41 the coming back with a big win defeating Ellinwood 60-29.

Two good basketball teams butted heads together as the Macksville Mustangs took on the Central Plains Oilers, with the Mustangs losing a close one 36-41. And in a later game, the Mustangs easily defeated the Ellinwood Eagles 60-29, both games played at Barton County Community College last Tuesday.

Macksville’s bookends, Karson Waters and Kaleb Lickess were almost unstoppable going in for the score, and in heavy traffic no less against Central Plains and Ellinwood.

Against Central Plains, the Mustangs led for most of the first half with Waters’s getting eight points and Lickess’s nine, together scoring 17 of Macksville’s 24 points, in all making seven baskets and going 3/3 from the line.

Kreed Parr made a basket and went 1/2 from the line. Alex Freeman made a basket, and 6’ 3” newcomer Cody Mead made a basket underneath.

While Macksville was leading 24-20 at the half, at the 1:30 mark the Mustangs were ahead by eight 21-13.

In second half action, Macksville’s offense collided with the Oilers defense as the Mustangs connected on six baskets, three from Waters and three from Lickess. And that was it.

Even so, the game still stayed close almost to the end. But when the Oilers nailed a 3-pointer, and regained control, they started burning seconds off the clock. The Mustangs lose 36-41.

Playing against Ellinwood wasn’t nearly as demanding as the first game. The Mustangs took control right from the start, and it stayed that way to the end as Macksville won 60-29.

In the first half the Mustangs started out with an 8-0 lead. Then the three’s started falling as Macksville chalked up three of them. Waters made one. So did Lickess and Parr.

Scoring for the half had Waters making 10 points, Lickess 9, Mead 8, Parr 3 and Brandan Ibarra 2.

The Mustangs leading 30-12 at the half.

Macksville made the same number of points in the second half. Waters had 11, Lickess 9, Parr 6, Mead 2 and Freeman with 2 – in all 30 points.

Macksville defeats Ellinwood 60-29.

“We are getting better this summer” said Macksville’s head basketball coach Jeff Kuckelman. “We have gotten better in the past couple weeks. We just got back from Oklahoma State team camp and that was really good for our team as we beat some very good teams. Our guys are playing hard and learning some little things that will hopefully help us during the season.”