The Macksville Mustangs have a really tough schedule this year, and that should not come as a surprise since they’re in the Central Prairie League. And starting out, they ran up against the 3rd ranked in 2A Ness City Eagles in a game that was at Ness. The Mustangs came up on the short end as they lost to the Eagles 43-70.

The game was actually closer than the score indicated, or at least through the first two quarters. The difference was mostly in the last quarter as the Eagles took charge outscoring the Mustangs 4-21. Going back to the third quarter Macksville scored 10 points to Ness City’s 18.

Starting out Macksville senior Brigdon Russell made two 3-pointers. Kaleb Lickless made two baskets, Jarrod Kuckelman had a basket and Diego Delgadillo went 2/2 from the line.

The score going into the second quarter had the Mustangs down by six 14-20.

The Mustangs turned things around in the second, outscoring the Eagles by four 15-11, bringing the halftime score to within two points 29-31.

In that quarter, Macksville’s guards were red hot from beyond as Russell swished two 3’s. Not to be outdone, Delgadillo not only canned two 3’s, he also went one better by making a basket.

From then on things started tilting towards the Eagles’ favor.  The Mustang made five baskets, two by Delgadillo, two baskets by Karson Waters and one by Jacob Rein. Trouble is, the Eagles started pulling away by making six baskets and two three-pointers.

Ness City increased their lead, the score – Macksville 39, Ness City 49.

The scoring was in Ness City favor as the Mustang added a basket by Rein and two free throws by Delgadillo, while the Eagles added 21 points.

The Mustangs lose their first game of the season 43-70.

“We played really well the first half but did not maintain our intensity and/or aggressiveness” said Macksville’s head basketball coach Jeff Kuckelman. “That catches up to you when you are playing a good team.  They wore us down some with their size and speed and we got too passive.” 

The Mustangs made 31 percent of the field goals (16/52), 6/21 three point attempts and 5/8 free throw attempts for 63 percent.

“We know we have to get better as the teams on our schedule force you to either get better or make for a long season.  We are looking forward to expanding what we did the first half and taking it through an entire game.”

The Mustangs venture on to Larned this Tuesday, matched up with several good teams at the Keady Basketball Classic. Their first game will be against Kiowa County at 3:30 p.m. in the Larned’s Middle School.

The other side of the bracket has the St. John-Hudson Tigers going up against the Kinsley Coyotes at 6:30 p.m. The winners advance on to the second round at 3:45 on Friday.

The losers move on to the consolation bracket. That game will be on Thursday,