Fast start powers Mustangs to their first win of season vs. Rangers, 47-35

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The first basketball win for Sweetwater’s new head coach Bryan Loera looked like it would be a runaway in the early going. It wasn’t, but the Mustangs' lightning start still fueled a 47-35 win over Greenwood Tuesday at Sweetwater’s gym.
Sweetwater, now 1-5 for the season, had a number of players suit up for the first time following the end of the football team’s season against Graham on Friday.
But it didn’t matter at the start as the Mustangs — led by J.L. Solis’ nine points — held a 22-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The lead hit 20, 25-5, in the early part of the second on Jaden Hernandez’s hoop until the Rangers rallied.
But Sweetwater still led by 13, 27-14, at halftime in spite of a long dry spell.
Greenwood then opened the second half with a 7-0 run to cut the Mustang lead to six, 27-21, but that was as close as it got.
Sweetwater got the lead back to nine, 30-21, with a trey by Logan Wedin and never looked back. Another Wedin bucket made it 34-23 before Kolt Halstead ended the third quarter with a three at the buzzer for a 37-24 advantage.
After that, Greenwood was unable to mount a rally again as the Mustangs held leads of between nine and 15 points the rest of the way.
Solis led Sweetwater with 11 points, but a total of 14 players saw action and 10 scored. Wedin scored eight points for the Mustangs and Hernandez had seven. Also getting on the board were Halstead with five points, Kobe Clark and Kiante McCoy with four, Daniel Avila with three, Jackson Foster and Tristan Morrow with two and Jon Davis with one point.
Ryan Snodgrass had seven for Greenwood.
Sweetwater will travel to Abilene for its three-day Catclaw Classic that is set to begin Thursday.
“We struggled after the first quarter. Maybe that was due to just not having our basketball legs yet,” said Loera. “But we will eventually get there, I think.”
Loera said he is still trying to get a feel for his team this year now that all of his players are on board. “Right now I’m trying to find my role players,” he said.