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ABILENE â€” Despite a 82-39 loss Tuesday at Wylie and a 2-6 district record, Sweetwaterâ€™s boys basketball team can still make the playoffs.
But they probably canâ€™t afford another loss in either of their last two games.
Sweetwater stayed within striking distance of Wylie â€” the No. 5 team in Class 3A â€” for most of the first half but was overwhelmed over the final two periods.
Wylie, 23-3 overall and a perfect 8-0 in district play, was up 7-0 before the Mus-tangs scored.
But Sweetwater kept it respectable, trailing by just eight (25-17) early in the second period. Wylie led by 13, 36-23, at halftime.
But the Bulldogs quickly made it a rout after that.
Sweetwater didnâ€™t score until 3:47 remained in the third quarter, and by then it was 53-25, Wylie as the Bulldogs cruised home.
Sweetwater (13-6 overall) did have two players in double figures, as Rhett Torres scored 16 points and Kaleb Hoover 10. Michael Hunt had six, Deâ€™andre Gatson three and Dylan Bennett and J.P. Poe two apiece.
Sweetwater plays a crucial district game here Friday vs. Big Spring in its home finale, then visits Greenwood to end its season on Tuesday.