Once the Sweetwater boys basketball team finally got back into action Saturday after a 10-day layoff, it faced the unenviable task of trying to contain a very talented Big Spring team and standout guard Luke Adams.
The Steers, as expected, won convincingly (85-60) at Mustang Gym and Adams was amazing, hitting six treys and scoring 47 points as Big Spring moved to 4-1 in district while Sweetwater — which hosts Wylie in a makeup game at 7:30 p.m. today — stayed winless (0-5) in District 5-3A.
Sweetwater, though, was a lot tougher out than the Steers probably expected.
Not only did the Mustangs match their second-highest scoring total of the season, but they refused to give up after falling behind 17-4 late in the first quarter. Instead, they fought back behind the scoring of Taylor Jones and Paxton Kelley. Jones had a season-high 28 points, nine of them in the second quarter when his team rallied to within six (33-27) and trailed the Steers just 36-28 at halftime.
Kelley scored 21, with 10 of them in the third quarter. He got Sweetwater within four, 50-46, with 3:02 left. But then Adams took over, scoring all of the points in a 14-0 surge that was too much for the Mustangs to overcome — though they still were within 13 points (69-56) midway through the fourth quarter.
“We played hard and kept playing until the last few minutes,” coach Al Hunt said. “The Adams kid, I haven’t seen anyone like him in a long time. But we did a lot of good things and were for the most part pretty patient.”
Also scoring were Ryan Linebaugh with four points, Ryan Mercer with three and Dylon Adames and Kyle McSherry with two each.