Mustangs post 58-53 NIAA win over Adelson Lions
NEEDLES — Mustangs basketball posted a 58-53 NIAA 2A South win over the Adelson Lions Monday night in a game that was in question until the final seconds of play.
Needles jumped out to a 10-0 lead on their home court. Adelson stormed back with a vengeance to end the first quarter tied at 16. Needles pulled ahead in the second stanza, going into the locker room with a 34-25 advantage and the boys played dead even at 12 per side during the third quarter. A physical contest became more so in the final stanza when Adelson attempted a second rally for the win.
The score sheets indicated the Mustangs totaled 22 free throw attempts in the game; 13 of them in the final quarter. They made 15 of the 22. Adelson made 10 trips to the charity stripe during the game, two of them in the final quarter. They made six.
Adelson’s Dale Wesford (No. 20) scored a game-high 22. Ore Inbar (No. 15) followed with 11. Harrison Clayton (No. 30), a very solid player who Needles’ Coach Paul Duchaineau thought would potentially be the team’s best shooter was held to four, mostly by the defensive efforts of Tyler Thomas who stuck to him like paper on a wall all night. It should be noted that Clayton might nearly double Thomas’ mass.
Nathan Rodriguez, who had been the focus of similar defensive tactics at Calvary Chapel Jan. 10, scored 20 for the Mustangs. Doogie Harvey owned the post, scoring six two-point field goals and going 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
The boys were set to play two NIAA venues on the road: Tipping off in Laughlin on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 4:30 p.m. for the junior varsity and 7:30 p.m. for the varsity; then at The Meadows in Las Vegas, tipping off at 1 and 4 p.m. They return to The Corral to host Lake Mead on Jan. 22. The JV tip off at 3:30, the varsity at 6:30 p.m.