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Mustangs 2-3 in league after fall to Lynx

December 30, 2018

NEEDLES — It wasn’t the outcome the Needles High School Mustangs wanted as they lost against their NIAA 2A South League Rivals the Lincoln County Lynx 73-60.

The loss gives the Mustangs a 2-3 south league record and a 4-7 overall record.

The Mustangs hit their first three-pointer of the game but the Lynx took a 9-7 lead in the middle of the first quarter and pushed it to 15-11 at the end of the quarter.

The Lynx were running a man-to-man press on defense and the Mustangs were able to find the lanes in the defense. The Mustangs were getting to the hoop but at times their shots weren’t falling, which resulted in the Lynx starting their fast break offense.

The Mustangs started to run a full-court press on the Lynx and at times they were able to get a couple of steals that resulted in layups. The Mustangs went on a little run at the tail end of the second quarter because of the full-court press.

The Mustangs went into halftime down 33-28 against the Lynx.

“Our press was working but sometimes they were able to break out of the press,” said Coach Paul Duchaineau. “They are a well-coached team which allows them to run good offensive sets.”

Dawsen Yeager led the Mustangs with 15 points, Trevyn Diaz had 12 points, Daniel Felix and Semaj Howell both ended with 11 points.

“Tonight the shots just weren’t falling for our guys,” said Duchaineau. “We play a fast inside out game by using our two inside players, Doogie Harvey and Semaj Howell. This was just their third game with the team so we are still getting used to everyone playing in the rotation.”

Despite being down in the score the Mustangs kept on fighting and giving their all in the game.

“These boys work hard every day at practice and we are going to grind this Christmas break as well to improve,” said Duchaineau.

The Mustangs are off for the Christmas break but are back in action against the Adelson Lions on Jan. 8 in The Corral. Tipoff was scheduled at 3 p.m. for the junior varsity boys, 6 p.m. for the varsity.

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