An excellent six-minute stretch of play at the end of the first half and the start of the second helped Sweetwater get its first win of the season here Friday.
The Mustangs outscored Coleman 21-3 during that stretch to build a huge lead, and held on to defeat the Bluecats 55-40.
Sweetwater (1-1), coming off a one-point loss at Hawley in its season opener three days earlier, scored the first nine points against Coleman and never trailed while all but putting the game out of reach early in the third quarter. A basket by Kaleb Hoover capped the decisive 21-3 run that gave Sweetwater a 41-14 lead at that point.
Coleman, however, had plenty of fight left as the Bluecats went on a 14-2 run over the remainder of the period to whittle the margin to 15, 43-28. Sweetwater scored the next six points to make it 49-28, only to see Coleman go on a 9-0 run to get within 12. But Hoover scored to end the run, and Gabriel Medellin and Taylor Jones hit free throws to help the Mustangs finally put the game away.
“We had a better effort tonight,” said head coach Al Hunt.
“I thought that we were much better on defense, blocking out and rebounding. We took a step forward after we didn’t play that hard the other night.”
Jones scored 17 points, including a pair of treys, to pace Sweetwater. He had 13 of them in the first half as the Mustangs took a 35-14 lead. Hoover also reached double figures with 13, and Dylon Adames scored eight points.
Patrick Palacios had six, Anthony Palacios four, Medellin three and Willie Norman and Steven Torrez two to complete the scoring for Sweetwater, which also plays its next three games at home starting with Colorado City on Monday.
The JV boys won, 47-22, to improve to 2-0 overall.
Dylan Bennett led Sweet-water with 17 points while Trey Taylor (10) also scored in double figures.
Also scoring were Bran-don Howell and Marquees Jenkins with six points and Deandre Gatson, Mark McCann, Brandon Sutton and Quentin Wetsel with two points apiece.
The freshman boys team won its opener, 48-21, as Duanta Williams scored 16 points to pace the win over Coleman’s freshman team.
Bray Amos had 10 points for Sweetwater, which led 31-7 at halftime. Rhett Tor-res had six points while Nick Haley, Jonathan Neri and J.P. Poe had four points. Martes Harris scored three and Colton Scott had one.
The JV and varsity teams will play against Colorado City, while all three teams see action here Tuesday.