‘Stangs hold off Indians

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

After watching an 11-point lead over Jim Ned slip away in the early part of the third quarter, Sweetwater used an 18-3 run to take control in a 52-43 non-district boys basketball win at Mustang Gym on Monday.
Jim Ned took its first lead, 30-27, on a three-point play by Jackson Hanna in the early moments of the third quarter, finishing a 17-3 run that erased a 24-13 Sweetwater second-period advantage — which was reduced to three points, 27-24, by halftime. However, hoops by Kiante McCoy and J.L. Solis regained Sweetwater’s lead, which became permanent after a three-point play by Jackson Foster that made it 36-33 with 1:45 left in the third quarter.
Foster’s basket and free throw began a 12-point run by the Mustangs that made it 45-33 early in the fourth quarter and completed the 18-3 run that basically iced the win. Sweetwater, which will play at Colorado City at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, is now 3-10 for the season.
Sweetwater opened the game with a three-pointer by Solis, the game’s top scorer with 19 points, and didn’t trail until the Indians began the third quarter with a 6-0 run which concluded with Hanna’s three-point play. A 13-2 surge by Sweetwater at the end of the first quarter and the early part of the second was responsible for the 24-13 lead.
That run was led by Solis, who had six points, while Tristan Longoria had three and Kobe Clark and McCoy two apiece.
But it was the Mustangs’ later run that sealed the win for a team that is still trying to come together, after several players got a late start due to the football team’s extended season ending Dec. 1.
McCoy and Clark added 10 points. Foster had five, Tristan Morrow four, Longoria three and Daniel Avila one. Coach Bryan Loera also liked his team’s defensive play, which has improved in recent games.