Since the start of the sea-son, the Sweetwater boys basketball team has been winning one game at a time. And after Tuesday nightâ€™s 47-44 home win over San Angelo Lake View that completed non-district play, the Mustangsâ€™ streak is at 11.
Coach Al Hunt insisted after the game that he and his players arenâ€™t talking about the streak.
â€śWe just want to win 12,â€ť he said.
To keep the streak alive, Sweetwater (11-0) â€” which needs just two victories to equal last yearâ€™s season total â€” must knock off a talented Monahans team on the road in its District 4-3A opener this Friday.
The Mustangs may have to play their best game of the year to accomplish that feat. But they showed resiliency Tuesday, first overcoming a bad second-half sinking spell and then putting together an 8-2 run in the gameâ€™s final two min-utes to pull out the victory.
Baskets by Deâ€™andre Gat-son and Dylan Bennett put Sweetwater up 43-42, and Rhett Torres â€” who led all scorers with 17 points â€” made a three-point play to provide the winning margin for his team with 46.1 seconds remaining.
Josh Dominguez hit two free throws for the Chiefs to cut the lead to 46-44 a short time later. But after the teams traded turno-vers, Jacob Peyton hit one of two free throws for the Mustangs with 16.5 seconds left. Lake View (4-10) brought the ball down and attempted three 3-pointers, but missed all three of them as time expired, giving the Mustangs a nail-biting win.
â€śThat was a real good test for us,â€ť Hunt said. â€śWe hung in there.â€ť
Lake View dominated the third quarter, turning a 21-18 deficit into a 33-28 lead, then scoring the first basket of the fourth quarter. However, Gatsonâ€™s three-pointer fueled a 9-0 run as the Mustangs took a 37-35 lead. But Lake View got the momentum back, scoring seven of the next nine points until Sweetwater began its game-winning rally. It was the Mustangsâ€™ third win by three points or less.
Kaleb Hoover scored 12 points and Gatson 10 for Sweetwater, while Bennett had seven and Peyton one.
Hunt knows that defeating Monahans (18-3) on the road will be a tall assign-ment. â€śThey have three of their five starters back from last yearâ€™s team,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s going to be tough.â€ť