Mustangs face first two losses of season

Drew Blaken drives the baseline in the Mustang's 76-61 loss to Bangor Tuesday night. Blaken scored 14 points in the loss.

The Mustangs headed to West Salem over the winter break for a Holiday Tournament that featured several Division 2 and 3 teams.

First the Mustangs faced off against West Salem last Wednesday, who has been below .500 all season. West Salem gradually built their lead over the first half, going into halftime up 37-30. The Mustangs held strong in the second half matching West Salem, but it wasn’t enough as the Mustangs would lose 68-61. Brett Gerdes led scoring for the Mustangs with 19 points including shooting 50 percent from the floor.

Drew Blaken and Andrew Scafe each chipped in nine points in the loss. Connor Christopherson followed closely behind with eight points. The Mustangs ended the game with 34 boards led by Scafe with nine. Andrew Antony had seven assists in the game.

The Mustangs next faced off against Sparta in the consolation game, coming away with a 53-47 win.

The Mustangs led in the early parts of the first half before Sparta turned on their jets and ended the half up 29-24. The Spartans held a lead until the waning minutes of the second half when the Mustang defense slowed down Sparta and pushed the Mustangs over the Spartans. The duo of Blaken and Scafe each had 12 points in the win, including a 5-of-8 performance from Scafe. Gerdes and Antony each added eight points for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs ended the night with 23 rebounds led again by Scafe with seven. Anthony have five assists.

The Mustangs then faced off against top-ranked Bangor in Division 5, coming away with a 76-61 loss. The Mustangs held strong with Bangor for much of the first half, going into the locker room only behind by one point at 35-34, but the Cardinals would come on strong in the second half and put the game away.

Blaken led scoring again for the Mustangs behind 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Antony was close behind with 12 points, while Jimmy Polenz chipped in 11 points. Christopherson and Gerdes each added eight points in the loss. Scafe came up with nine of the Mustang’s 21 rebounds.

The Mustangs are now 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the Large Dairyland Conference.

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