Minarets splits games last week

editorial@sierrastar.comFebruary 11, 2014 

The Minarets Mustangs basketball team (4-11, 4-3), stand in third place in the West Sequoia League standings following last weeks win over Riverdale and loss to Fresno Christian.

With a 73-35 win against Riverdale on Feb. 4, the Mustangs continued riding the crest of a three-game win streak that has seen the team play up to its potential. The Panthers were no match for the Mustangs as Minarets jumped out early and substituted heavily as they cruised to an easy victory. Sophomore Mason Ellis brought the crowd to their feet with a dunk in the second half of play.

Last Friday night, the Fresno Christian Eagles (14-7, 5-1) came to Minarets for Senior Night, and ended the winning streak, escaping with a 54-51 win over the Mustangs.

On Jan. 21, the Eagles shocked the Mustangs with a 63-37 win, but Fresno Christian saw a different Minarets team Feb. 7.

The Eagles would need every second on the clock to secure a win this time around. Time after time the Mustangs battled back to stay close in the closing minutes of regulation.

Senior Bo Campbell hit a 3-pointer with time running down to pull within three, but that's as close as the Mustangs could get as time ran out.

Minarets proved they are a formidable foe, and the two teams may see one another in the Central Section D-V playoffs. To make the playoffs the Mustangs have to meet the playoff formula in place at Minarets. One of those hurdles is to place in the top three in league standings, where the Mustangs presently sit.

Minarets travelled to Caruthers (18-5, 6-0) Tuesday. Caruthers is coming off a 102-48 win against Riverdale.

The Mustangs play in Parlier (0-15, 0-5) Friday. Minarets should leave Parlier with another league win.The Panthers will need to look at next weeks game against Riverdale to try to break into the win column.

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