The Minarets Mustang basketball team (9-8, 3-3 WSL) split games last week, beating Riverdale (4-14, 1-4) on Jan. 22 and losing to Fowler (6-13, 3-3) 71-59 at home on Feb. 1.
The Riverdale Cowboys were no challenge to the Mustangs who were in search of a little payback after the Cowboys put an end to the Mustang season last year in the first round of section play.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 18-3 first quarter lead and never looked back. Senior Austin Pimentel led all scorers with 22.
The Minarets girl's team lost to Riverdale 55-17.
The next game, a show down for a share of first place in the West Sequoia standing didn't go as well as the Mustangs had hoped. A 71-59 home loss to the Fowler Redcats (6-13, 3-3). The contest was much closer than the final score as the Mustangs galloped out to a 21-11 first quarter lead, but the lead was short lived as the Redcats clawed their way back to 39-35 advantage at the half.
Pimentel's eight straight points including a clutch 3-pointer helped the Mustangs tie the game at the end of the third quarter 51-51. It was the fourth quarter where the Mustangs showed a bit of fatigue. Their lack of boxing out in the paint cost them the win as the Redcats out rebounded the Mustangs handily in the final period, scoring on several put backs.
Pimentel lead the Mustangs squad with 24 points with junior Conly Biglione adding 16 points from under the rim. Bo Campbell added nine points while freshman Mason Ellis added six.
Fowler's JV boys team beat the Mustangs 46-27 and the Fowler girl's varsity team beat the Mustangs 53-20.
The Mustangs played at Fresno Christian (8-12, 2-3) Tuesday as they try to gain ground in league play, Minarets defeated the Eagles 64-47 earlier in league play, containing 6-foot-9 Matt Howard. Howard got his points, but was not a factor on the defensive side of the ball.
The Mustangs will play at home Friday against Parlier (6-13, 2-2). The last contest at Parlier went into overtime with the Mustangs squeaking out a one point win against the Panthers. Gametime 7:30 p.m.