The Macksville Mustangs faced some stiff competition in their home season opener falling 80-57 to the Ness City Eagles.

The Macksville Mustangs faced some stiff competition in their home season opener falling 80-57 to the Ness City Eagles.

Ness City was one of the teams Mustang head coach, Jeff Kuckelman picked as a team that should do well this season. Their play on Friday backed that up.

“We played hard but did not play very well,” Kuckelman said. “We made some poor decisions early and turned it over. That combined with some questionable shot selection by our team got us in a deficit we could never really overcome.”

Ness City started out like a team on fire scoring 25 points in the first quarter with a flurry of two-pointers.

Macksville struggled with ball control early on turning it over repeatedly in the first quarter on steals and passes that fell short.

Brigdon Russell started off his night hitting a three-pointer on his way to a team high of 22 points. Lane Sebes sunk a deuce and the big man Nathanial Miller sunk a pair of two-pointers and one of two from the line on his way to a 15-point night as the only other Mustang to hit double digits on offense.

Macksville shook off some of their opening night jitters in the second quarter besting the Eagles by one scoring 21 points while holding Ness to 20.

Russell picked up a pair of three-pointers in the second with a pair of deuces to go with them. Sebes sunk another from underneath with a freethrow, while Miller found a clear track to the basket for another pair of two-pointers.

Alan Ibarra hit his first or two deuces. He followed up with his second coming in the fourth. Kreed Parr hit 2 of 4 from the line.

“I was happy we fought back in the second quarter,” Kuckelman said, “But we ran out of gas a little bit and then never made a serious run in the second half.”

After the break, the Mustangs fought valiantly, but as Kuckelman said, simply ran out of gas against the hard charging Eagles.

Russell picked up three two-pointers in the second half and another trey giving him five deuces and four three-pointers.

Miller found his way to the bucket two more times in the third and once in the fourth, but missed three from the line ending the night with seven two-pointers.

Diego Degadillo hit 2 of 4 from the line and sunk a three and a deuce in the second half for seven points on the night. Sebes tied him with seven after picking up a third deuce in the third quarter. Ibarra ended with four, Parr with two.

The Mustangs travel to Larned for their next contest, facing Spearville in round one of the Keady Classic at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Classic runs for five days with finals on Saturday.