The Macksville Mustangs came out hot and overwhelmed the Fowler Goldbugs 70-39 after beating the Kinsley Coyotes 68-39 last week.

The Macksville Mustangs didn’t have any trouble going 2-0 last week, defeating the Fowler Goldbugs 70-39 at Fowler last Friday, and earlier on Tuesday defeating the Kinsley Coyotes 68-39 at home.

Against Fowler, the Mustangs led 28-10 after one, 45 -23 at the half, 63-31 going into the fourth, and getting the win 70-39.

Scoring in the first had Kreed Parr making two baskets, a 3-pointer and a free throw. Karson Waters made three baskets, Kaleb Lickiss a basket and going perfect from the line 4/4. Kody Mead was 2/2 from the line and made a basket. Darien Miller and Brandon Ibarra both made a basket.

Leading going into the second 28-10, the game was closer with the Mustangs making 17 to Fowler’s 13.   Miller nailed a 3-pointer, Ibarra made three baskets, and Lickiss made two baskets. Waters and Parr both made baskets, the score at the half, with the Mustangs leading 45-23.

Parr nailed another 3-pointer in the third along with a basket and free throw. Mead and Lickiss both made two baskets each. Waters made a basket and went 2/2 from the line, the score with one quarter to go had the Mustangs leading 63-31.

Fowler scored eight points to Macksville’s seven at the end. Simon Acosta nailed a 3-pointer, Harley Blaske made a basket, and Mead and Waters both made a free throw.

The Mustangs get a 68-31 win over the Goldbugs.

Against the Kinsley Coyotes, the Mustangs outscored the Coyotes in every quarter except the fourth as both teams scored 12 points.

Lickiss made four baskets starting out in the first. Mead and Waters both made two baskets each, the score Macksville 16, Kinsley 11.

The Mustangs increased their lead by six, as they went into the locker room leading 30-19. Scoring for the Mustangs was Lickiss making two baskets (one an old fashion three), and another free throw. Jacob Rein made a basket and went 2/2 from the line. Mead and Waters both made a basket.

Scoring in the third had Rein nailing a 3-pointer along with two baskets, Waters did the same, nailing a 3-pointer and making two baskets. Lickiss made three baskets. Mead make a basket and an old fashion three. Ibarra made a basket, the score going into the final quarter 56-27.

The scoring came down some in the final quarter. Trevor Freeman nailed a 3-pointer Blaske made a basket and made a free throw. Rein, Grant Frink and Lickiss each made a basket.

The Macksville Mustangs defeat the Coyotes 68-39.

“We took a big early lead against Fowler and really controlled the game from the start” said Macksville’s head coach Jeff Kuckelman. “We did a really good job of rebounding and holding them to one shot per possession.  Several different people scored and stepped up into roles that we needed them to.  We just tried to concentrate on our team getting better and doing the things we needed to.”

“We played well right at the start then we kind of got in a lull and didn't play to our capabilities” said Kuckelman. “Kinsley kept playing hard and responded to our early run.  We came out after half and got after it on defense and executed on offense and took control of the game.  We are still working on trying to put together a complete game as we go forward through the season.”

The Mustangs play Otis-Bison at Otis on Tuesday (score not available at press time), and go up against the St. John Tigers at home on Friday.