State-ranked Wall used a relentless outside shooting attack here Tuesday to slowly wear down Sweetwater in the teams’ non-district boys basketball contest.
The Hawks hit seven treys to none for the Mustangs, and a 24-5 run in the middle two periods led to their decisive 68-44 win.
Wall and Sweetwater held all three boys games at the middle school gym due to water-related problems at the high school that forced school officials to cancel classes on Tuesday.
Wall outscored Sweetwa-ter 15-5 over the final 5:17 of the first half to take a 31-21 lead at intermission, then scored the first nine points of the third quarter until Taylor Jones’ hoop finally ended the run for Sweet-water. Jones and Kaleb Hoover had nine points to pace the Mustangs, who got scoring from all nine of their players who suited up. But after scoring the game’s first hoop, Sweetwater never led again though Wall led just 13-12 after one quarter and was tied 16-16 in the second quarter after a free throw by Hoover. After a pair of Wall baskets, Anthony Palacios made a free throw to trim Wall’s lead to 20-17, but the Mustangs never got that close again as the Hawks enjoyed double-digit leads the entire second half.
Sweetwater (2-3) trailed Wall by as much as 23, 49-26, in the third quarter before using an 11-2 run to get within 14, 51-37, early in the fourth. But Wall came back to score the next nine points and restore the lead to 23 (60-37) with 5:29 to play, and Sweetwater was unable to get closer than 18 points after that.
Tino Martinez had seven points, Anthony Palacios six, Willie Norman four, Cole Maxwell three and Gabe Medellin, Pat Palacios and Steven Torrez two for the Mustangs.
Sweetwater split its sub-varsity games, the freshmen winning 25-24 to improve to 3-0 but the JV boys (4-1) losing, 45-43, for their first loss of the season.
Martes Harris, Duanta Williams and Rhett Torres led the freshmen by scoring six points apiece, while J.P. Poe had five and Bray Amos two for Sweetwater, which was outscored 13-5 in the fourth quarter but hung on to get the win.
Wall led Sweetwater’s JV 28-18 at halftime, but was up just 33-29 after three periods and barely held on in the fourth after being outscored 14-12. The Mustangs were led by Dylan Bennett with 19 points and briefly tied the game in the final quarter, but were never able to take the lead.
Marquees Jenkins scored eight points, Trey Taylor seven, Deandre Gatson four, Quentin Wetsel three and Brandon Sutton two for Sweetwater.