The Macksville Mustang boys overpowered the Stafford Trojans in a 66-40 victory.

In a non-conference game played at home, the Macksville Mustangs got an easy win over the Stafford Trojans 66-40 last Friday night. It was the kind of game that gave some valuable playing time to players that normally don’t get much action in a varsity game.

Right from the start it looked as if it was a done deal as the Mustangs outscored the Trojans 25-2 in the first, as Macksville's Karson Waters made three baskets and a free throw. Jacob Rein made a basket and went 3/4 from the line, and Kaleb Lickiss made a basket and went 2/4 from the line. Kreed Parr made two baskets, and Kody Mead made an old fashioned three.

Parr made Macksville’s first 3-Pointer and a basket in the second quarter. Others scoring were Darien Miller who made three baskets, Lickiss two baskets and Mead was 4/4 from the line. Trevor Freeman, Waters and Harley Blaske each made a basket - the score at the half with the Mustangs leading 49-17.

The Mustangs added 17 more points, leading 66-28 going into the fourth. Waters had three baskets, Grant Frink nailed a 3-Pointer and made a basket, Parr a 3-Pointer, Rein a basket, and Mead going 1/2 from the line.

The Trojans did all the scoring in the fourth with 11 points, the Mustangs get the win 66-40.

High scorer for Macksville was Waters with 15 points, Parr 12, Rein 9, Mead 8, Lickiss 8, Miller 6, Freeman 2, and Blaske 1.  

The Mustangs had 32 rebounds (6 Offense – 26 Defense). Leading rebounder – Waters with 8 followed by Mead with 7.

Steals – 12. Rein leading with 4. Assists – 16. Rein with 7. Turnovers – 15. Fouls – 16.

“We really played well on defense right from the start and made it tough on Stafford to score” said Macksville's head coach Jeff Kuckelman.  “Our kids really moved the ball well and got good looks that they finished. We got some playing time for our jv kids in the second half that we can utilize later in the season.  I thought we shot the ball well and took good shots.”

Coming up in January, the Mustangs will play at Homecoming on Friday against Central Plains.

Four your information: The eight teams entered in the upcoming St. John Lions Club Mid-Winter Classic are Macksville, St. John, Larned, Ness City, Central Plains, Nickerson, the Wichita Defenders, and Kansas City Christian.