Mustangs use fast start to beat Roby

January 4, 2012

Sweetwater’s Anthony Palacios (34) goes up for a shot in Tuesday’s 64-39 win over Roby. Palacios scored six points for the Mustangs, who have won four of their last five games and will host Ballinger this Friday. (Photo by Pablo Rodriguez)

After compiling just a 5-11 record prior to the holiday break, the Sweetwater boys basketball team is starting to pile up some victories.
The Mustangs began 2012 with a dominating 64-39 win at home over Roby on Tuesday, their fourth win the past five games.
The most dominating stretch came near the start of the contest. Sweetwater outscored the Lions 19-3 in the final five minutes of the first quarter to open a 23-7 advantage, and held leads of between 12 and 28 points the rest of the way.
Roby did put together a mild rally near the end of the first half and the start of the second, cutting a 22-point deficit to 12, 41-29, until Sweeetwater removed any doubts about the outcome by scoring 17 of the next 19 points for a 58-31 lead.
It was much more impressive than last week’s 47-40 win over Roby when the teams played at Anson’s tournament. It was also the second straight blowout win for the Mustangs, who last week beat Christoval 59-39 in the semifinals at Anson’s tournament before losing to a very good Childress team — currently ranked No. 16 in Class 2A — in the cham-pionship game after start-ing the tourney with three consecutive victories.
“It was a pretty good ef-fort,” coach Al Hunt said after Tuesday’s win. “We’re playing pretty well right now. We played with a lot more intensity tonight than we did in the tournament.”
Kaleb Hoover scored 14 points and Taylor Jones 10 for Sweetwater, but the Mustangs spread the wealth as a total of nine players got on the scoreboard. Tino Martinez and Gabe Medellin both scored eight points, Dylan Bennett seven, Anth-ony Palacios six, Cole Max-well five, Isaiah McGee four and Dylon Adames two.
Sweetwater’s JV Mus-tangs (12-5) won, 53-14, getting scoring from 10 of its players. Marquees Jenkins led the way with a team-high nine points. Brandon Howell and Trey Taylor had eight, Mike McCoy and Duanta Williams six, Deandre Gatson, Quentin Wetsel and Brandon Sutton four and Martes Harris and Rhett Torres two. No fresh-man game was played. But all three teams will be in action this Friday, when the the Mustangs play host to Ballinger starting at 5 p.m. All three teams go to San Angelo Lake View to end non-district on Tuesday.

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