Minarets beat Parlier

Community correspondentFebruary 4, 2014 

The Minarets Mustangs (4-10, 2-2) had no trouble evening their league record by beating the winless Parlier Panthers (0-14, 0-2) 72-48 Jan. 28. 26.

Coach Paul Varner challenged the squad to play to their potential, and they responded with a 72-48 win against the Panthers. The Mustangs jumped out to a 12-8 first quarter lead and nearly every player scored in the team win as Varner substituted heavily with the game well in hand.

Bo Campbell led the team in scoring with 16, while senior Mitch Pritchett came off the bench to score 15. Conly Biglione played one of his best games of the season scoring 12. Sam Millar contributed four blocked shots.

"This was the first game we played together as a squad this season," Varner said. "We relied on one another and played with energy and enthusiasm. The team moved the ball well and dished off to the open man regularly."

Campbell, the teams leader said it best for the frustrated team.

"Relief — we finally found that chemistry that had been missing, playing through a huge slump, we continued to work hard to put it all together."

The Mustangs traveled to Fowler last Friday, hoping to get back into league contention, and came away with a 74-66 win, defeating Fowler for the first time on their home court. The game was the Mustangs best offensive showing of the season.

The Red Cats (8-9, 2-2) were averaging 58 points per contest compared to the Mustangs 46.

The Mustangs came out fast and led the Red Cats most of the game, hitting timely big shots (including clutch 3-pointers by Albert Ellis and Campbell.

The win put the Mustangs at 2-2 in West Sequoia League play, trailing Caruthers (4-0), and Fresno Christian (3-1).

The Mustangs are coming together at the right time as they play at Fresno Christian (12-7, 3-1) Friday in a 'must' win game, and a much anticipated rematch. The Mustangs hope to avenge a 63-37 thumping by the Eagles in January. The Mustangs will need a shut-down defense to come away with a win.

This past Tuesday, the Mustangs played the Riverdale cowboys (3-14, 0-4) — the same cowboys that beat Minarets in the closing seconds of the Mustang's first play-off game two years ago.

The Mustangs will then play the Blue Raiders (16-5, 4-0) at Caruthers Feb. 11. Minarets will look to avenge an embarrassing 85-43 home loss to the Blue Raiders earlier this season. Defense will be the key in this one as the Blue Raiders move the ball well and have two standout players, Khush Thind and Brandon Waltrip.

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