BIG SPRING — There were a lot of positive signs for Sweetwater on Tuesday, even though the Mustangs fell to Big Spring 48-37 and saw their playoff chances take a major hit.
The Mustangs held an opponent to under 50 points for the second consecutive game, while allowing just three in the opening quarter. And while the Mustangs struggled again offensively, they trailed by just two, 19-17, at halftime and later cut a 16-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to just nine (45-36) with 2:47 left in the game.
What did Sweetwater in was Big Spring’s third quarter, when the Steers outscored them 20-6. As a result, the Mustangs’ district mark dropped to 1-4 with three games remaining while Big Spring is now 3-2, a half-game behind Brown-wood (3-1) for second place behind Wylie (5-0). The Bulldogs beat Snyder, 46-28, in their game Tues-day and will host Sweetwa-ter this Friday.
Sweetwater built an early 7-0 lead on Big Spring until the Steers finally scored their only points of the first quarter on a 3-point shot late in the period. But the hosts would warm up, taking their first lead (11-10) in the second quarter and holding a two-point (19-17) edge at halftime.
Sweetwater got a pair of hoops by Kaleb Hoover to keep it within three points, 24-21, early in the third period, but Big Spring led 39-23 by the quarter’s end after a 15-2 run. Sweetwater cut the Steers’ lead back to nine, but Big Spring held on to get the victory.
Hoover scored 16 points, 13 of them after halftime, to pace the Mustangs. Taylor Jones finished with eight, Dylan Bennett four, Cole Maxwell three and Gabe Medellin, Tino Martinez and Dylon Adames two each for Sweetwater.