Mustangs Late Rally Comes Up Short

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The Blue Valley North Mustangs basketball team had its home opener this Friday night against conference foe Saint Thomas Aquinas.

This was the Mustangs third game of the year and they wanted to come out and prove that they can compete at the top of the Eastern Kansas League.

Prior to this Friday night, Blue Valley North lost a nail-bitter at Olathe East to start the year and followed that game up with a convincing win against Shawnee Mission Northwest.

It was a packed house at tip-off with emotions running high, the team just wanting to give fans all that they came for. The boys got off to slow start, not having one single lead throughout the whole first half. Despite not being able to take advantage of the Saint’s mistakes and claiming a lead, the team fought hard to keep the score within striking distance for the second half.

It was a difficult task with senior forward Jackson Shank out with the Flu, and senior scoring leader Cooper Cook picking up two personal fouls in the first quarter.

Despite the bumps on the road, The Mustangs roared back and took thier first lead of the game with 6 minutes left when senior Chis Anderson hit a three point jumper. The Saints were able to keep pace with the Mustangs as the clock winded down, regaining and keeping the lead late into the game.

With a little over two minutes left to be played in the game, senior Mychal Masterson hit another three pointer sending shockwaves of excitement throughout the Mustang fan base.

Despite the great effort and valiant comeback that the team put together, the Saints came out on top with a score of 54-51. The Mustangs start the season of 1-2 with those two losses coming by three points each. The Mustang’s next game is against Center High School in the HyVee Shootout at 10:30 on Dec 20. Come out and support your mustang basketball team at Avila College on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

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