Playoff hopes alive for Mustangs after loss to Parker

February 5, 2019

NEEDLES — Playoff hopes are very much alive for the Mustangs, even after a non-conference pounding by Parker’s powerful Broncos in The Corral Jan. 25.

“We’re one game behind right now with four games to go,” said Coach Paul Duchaineau after the 59-45 loss to Parker. “But as long as we keep fighting the way we fight we could go.

“If we figure out we have to go three and one to make the playoffs, hopefully we go four and zero. The kids have a positive attitude. That’s all I can ask of them. I love them as a team. They work hard.”

That work ethic was apparent to the final seconds in the Jan. 25 game. Parker was up 14-10 after one, 29-17 at the half, and 38-23 after three. The Mustangs battled back in the final stanza, going 20 to the Broncs’ 21 thanks in large part to Ivan Stone. Stone moved up from junior varsity late in the season and played only in the fourth quarter against Parker; he scored seven. Semaj Howell led the Mustangs with 14; Doogie Harvey and Dawsen Yeager scored eight each.

Duchaineau held the boys in the zone defense most of the night. “They’re a quick team and they move the ball really well,” he said of Parker. “We’ve been playing man the last three games and been doing pretty well but with their quickness I thought it’d be tough to go man … we tried to stop their one player that averages about 18 points a game, and we stopped him, but the guys inside got points.”

The boys were set to play Adelson on Feb. 5; an NIAA 2A South League road trip. They host Calvary Chapel in the last regular season game: the JV tip off at 3:30, the varsity at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in The Corral.

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