The Macksville Mustangs overpowered Ellinwood 54-26 and La Crosse 68-40.

The Macksville Mustangs went two for two in league play last week, defeating the Ellinwood Eagles 54-26 last Friday away, and earlier on Tuesday, getting another win defeating the La Crosse Leopards 68-40 at home.

Now the real fun begins as the Mustangs are itching on having another shot at the Ness City Eagles on Tuesday during the first bracket of  St. John’s Midwinter Classic (at press time, the score wasn’t available), one of the toughest tournaments around.

While the temperature outside was a cool 17 degrees, inside things were starting to heat up as the Mustangs were ready to play some ball.

It didn’t start out that way as the Mustangs had 12 points, while the Eagles, much to their delight had eight. Most of the scoring came from Jacob Rein’s eight points which included a 3-pointer. Kreed Parr also made one. Kody Mead made a free throw.

Karson Waters, who eventually was the high scorer for the day, drove in for three baskets. Parr added two. Trevor Freeman made a 3-pointer, and Rein and Lickiss both made baskets inside. The score going in the half had the Mustangs leading 29- 14.

The Mustangs out-scored the Eagles 20-8 in the third. Freeman once again had the hot hands as he made his 2nd and 3rd 3-pointers. Water’s made the Mustangs 5th 3-pointer and a basket. Lickiss made two baskets and Rein made one. Kody Mead and Brandon Ibarra both made baskets and Parr made a free throw.

The Mustangs lead the Eagles 49-22.

With the Mustang starters taking turns coming in early in the fourth, Mackville’s head coach Jeff Kuckelman started making wholesale substitution two minutes in.

The Mustangs get a 54-26 win.

Lickiss made a basket and a free throw, and Waters made a basket.

Overall scoring had Waters with 13 points, Rein 10, Lickiss 9, Freeman 9, Parr 8, Mead 3, and Ibarra 2.

“We played well in spurts but did not sustain it for the entire game” said Kuckelman. “ We were a little cold shooting from the outside so we had to get it inside some and attack the lane to try to create some easier scoring opportunities.  I thought we did a better job of getting it in the lane the second half.  Our defense as a whole was good.  Holding any team to 26 points in a game means you are playing some pretty good defense.”

A few days earlier going up against the La Crosse Leopards, the Mustangs were leading 19-12 after one, 31-20 going into the half, 57- 33 in the third, and getting a 68-40 win over the Leopards.

Overall scoring for the Mustangs had Waters with 15 points, Lickiss 13, Rein 12, Freeman 11, Mead 10, and Parr 7.

“We played well at times but had some lulls and we need to work on those” said Coach Kuckelman. “We came out the second half and took control of the game with good defense and rebounding.  Our offense improved as well the second half as we got it in the lane more for either scores or kick outs for wide open shots.  It was a good win against a quality league opponent.”