MONAHANS — Entering the fourth quarter, the Sweetwater boys basketball team appeared to be getting in position to keep its season-long winning streak alive after rallying to within six points, 42-36, of host Monahans in the teams’ District 4-3A opener.
But Monahans was having none of it. The Loboes responded with a 20-4 run from that point, defeating the Mustangs 62-40 on Fri-day as Sweetwater lost for the first time in 12 games this season.
Dylan Bennett was the only player for the Mustangs in double figures with 13 points. Bennett’s 3-pointer in the final minute of the third quarter capped a 13-6 Sweetwater run that pulled the Mustangs within six points. But the Loboes were unstoppable on both ends of the floor after that as they improved to 19-3 overall. Monahans was led by Junior Morales’ 22 points, while Jacob Lair had 20 and Andres Facio 14. The Loboes also connected on nine 3-pointers to seven for the Mustangs.
Sweetwater, which never led and was tied just once, also got nine points from Michael Hunt off the bench but two of the Mustangs’ most reliable scorers this season, Kaleb Hoover and Rhett Torres, managed to combine for just six points. In addition, Sweetwater got seven points from De’andre Gatson, three from J.C. Poe and two from Marquees Jenkins. The Mustangs host Snyder on Friday, which will begin a stretch of four home games out of the next five for the team. Snyder lost to Greenwood 62-45 on Fri-day while Wylie knocked off Big Spring, 55-34.