Boys see rally fizzle out

January 22, 2014

Sweetwater lost at Big Spring, 55-45, on Tuesday. J.P. Poe (right) is shown in action for the Mustangs, who fell into a tie for fourth place in the district standings. (Photo by Betsy Howe)

BIG SPRING — After a promising start, the Sweet-water boys basketball team found itself in an uphill bat-tle with Big Spring in Tues-day’s District 4-3A show-down.
The final result for the Mustangs was a 55-45 loss at the Steers’ gym which dropped Sweetwater (1-3 district, 12-3 overall) into a tie for fourth place with Greenwood with six games left. Big Spring (2-2, 9-10) took over undisputed third place in District 4-3A with the victory.
Sweetwater led 14-7 late in the first quarter, but fell victim to an 11-0 Big Spring run and never regained the lead. The Steers built their lead to nine points (37-28) until Sweetwater rallied to cut the lead to one, 41-40, at the start of the fourth quarter after consecutive three-pointers by J.P. Poe and De’andre Gatson com-pleted a 12-4 run.
Big Spring’s lead was still just one (43-42) a short time later after Gatson stole the ball and fed Kaleb Hoo-ver for a basket with 6:23 left in the game.
But Sweetwater couldn’t get over the hump, failing to score again for over five minutes until two free throws by Dylan Bennett cut the Steers’ lead to seven points (51-44) with just 1:10 remaining. Bennett led the Mustangs with 15 points and Rhett Torres had 10, while J.P. Poe scored nine points, all on three-pointers.
Big Spring was led by Ty Sealy, who scored 18 points, while Tyler Bryan had 16 and Tyler Wigington 11.
Sweetwater coach Al Hunt was surprised by the outside shooting of Bryan, a junior post who connected on three 3-pointers. “He hurt us in the second half,” Hunt said.
“We got within one and came down with a chance to go ahead (in the fourth quarter), but we turned it over. We played hard, but we had to foul the and they didn’t miss. They did a good job on free throws.”
Gatson scored six points, all on 3-pointers, while Hoover had five to complete the scoring for the Mustangs. Sweetwater will host Greenwood on Friday to begin another two-game homestand, followed by Monahans (4-0), the district co-leader, on Tuesday.

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