The Macksville Mustangs captured a pair of wins over Victoria 59-30 and over La Crosse 67-47.
The Macksville boys had a good week, even though it was a long ways from home for both games, defeating the Victoria Knights 59-30 last Friday, and earlier on Tuesday getting a 67-47 win over the La Crosse Leopards.
Against Victoria, it was a romp as the Mustangs outscored the Knights 16-4 at the end of one. Jacob Rein scored two baskets and toped it with a 3-pointer. Kody Mead was next in line making three baskets. Kaleb Lickiss first made a free throw then made a basket.
The romp continued in the second as Rein just couldn’t help himself, scoring 10 more points, three baskets and four free throws. Kreed Parr, Darien Miller each made baskets, and Lickiss made two free throws, the Mustangs lead at the half 32-10.
Parr found the range in the third as he nailed a 3-pointer. Lickiss made three baskets, and Mead and Rain both made a basket. The score going into the fourth had the Mustangs leading 45-17.
Mead had three baskets, Lickiss two, and Simon Acosta, Parr and Grant Frink each made a basket
The Macksville Mustangs get 67-45 win over the Knights.
In Tuesday’s game at La Crosse, it took a little bit long to build up their lead because their leading scorer Rein was missing in action. After one quarter, the Mustangs held a six point lead, with Waters and Lickiss, each making two baskets while Parr went 2-2 from the line and Mead made a basket.
Both teams were having success scoring in the second, as the Mustangs added 20 points and the Leopards 18. Lickiss made two baskets and had a perfect 4/4 from the line. Trevor Freeman made Macksville’s first 3-pointer and added a basket. Mead had two baskets and a free throw, and Ibarra made a basket, the score at the half with Macksville leading 32 -24.
The Mustangs added three to their lead with Lickiss adding three baskets, and Parr canning his first 3-pointer and a basket. Mead made a basket and went 2/2 from the line, and Freeman made his second 3-pointer, the score going into the fourth with the Mustangs leading 50–39.
The last quarter had the Mustangs outscoring the Leopards 17-8. Waters made two baskets and 2/2 from the line, Mead made three baskets, Parr made his second 3-pointer, and Lickiss made a basket.
The Mustangs defeat the Leopards 67-47.
Against Victoria, “We played well from the start and really went after rebounds and got second chance opportunities on offense” said Mocksville’s head coach Jeff Kuckelman. “Our defense did a great job holding them to a low score in the first half. We had some people step up into starting roles and several others playing extended minutes due to sickness and injury, so that was nice to see. It was good to see our team play basketball like they are capable of playing.”
Earlier at La Crosse, “We did a good job of responding to their runs and answering with runs of our own to close out the ballgame” said Kuckelman. “We shared the ball well and we rebounded really well the second half. Some people really stepped up in the absence of Jacob not being able to play.”
The Mustangs next game will be at Fowler on Friday.