The Minarets boys basketball team (6-13, 2-4 West Sequoia League) lost to league leading Caruthers (14-8, 4-2 WSL) 58-49 last week.
The Blue Raiders beat the Mustangs 76-44 in round one of league play when Mustang standout Mason Ellis and his 18 points per game average was absent.
The Mustangs slowed the pace a bit in the first quarter and it worked well as they traded baskets with the Blue Raiders, ending the first period down by only two points, 15-13. Ellis made his presence felt early, as the senior scored six of the Mustangs 13 first period points.
In the second period the Blue Raiders started finding their shot, as Ishaan Rahal’s three 3-pointers aided the Raiders’ 18 point period, and 33-27 half time lead.
Both teams put up 14 points in the third period as the pace of the game became faster, and the two teams traded turnovers. Entering the final eight minutes of play Carthers held a 47-41 point lead.
The Blue Raiders built on their lead from the charity stripe in the fourth period, converting six of 13 attemps. A heartbreaking 3-pointer as Minarets was chipping away at their lead forced them to foul in the closing minute.
The win guaranteed Caruthers at least a share of the league title. A much better performance from Varner’s club this time around as the Mustangs stayed within striking distance the entire game.
Minarets did a great job of limiting Sukhman Gill after the junior torched Minarets in the first game with six 3-points, at one time hitting five back to back.
Ellis finished the most recent contest with 16 points, Mosier added 13, Caanine Fausone finished with nine, brother Kaleb five, Micheal Rendon three, and James Backman one.
Minarets will host Fowler as they honor their senior players this week, then travel to Parlier Friday.