Defending league champs defeat Mustangs 85-43

editorial@sierrastar.comJanuary 28, 2014 

Minarets High (2-10, 0-1) varsity basketball coach Paul Varner undoubtedly is searching for answers as his veteran team continues to struggle on the court this year.

Mustangs are not where they expected to be as they begin league play. Loaded with a team of talented seniors, possessing size, athleticism, speed, and a deep bench, the Mustangs have stumbled out of the gate as, losing last week to defending league champion Caruthers, 85-43.

The Blue Raiders dominated every aspect of the game, pulling away early as Mustang shots weren't falling.

Returning all but one starter from last years 12-10 club, which averaged 57 points a game, this years squad is averaging under 50 points a game.

Senior Bo Campbell is a force in the paint and senior Conly Biglione, also a talented rebounder, was second in scoring last year but has been held in check most of the season.

Minarets unveiled its new student section, complete with purple clad fans wearing "The Sixth Man" shirts and donning Mustang horse hats for the Caruthers game.

The Mustangs played the Parlier Panthers (0-13, 0-1) Tuesday and travel to Fowler (8-7, 2-0) Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The Red Cats are averaging 58 points per contest compared to the Mustangs 46 and are always tough at home. Fowler is a well balanced team with four starters averaging double figures. They lack the standout player, but possess a bench that scores well.

This game has become somewhat of a rivalry on the hardwood — always a tight game to the end. Minarets will need rise to the occasion if they are to jump back into the league race.

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