Mustangs look to improve district standings


courtesy of Brad McClendon

Senior Omari Smith goes for two in the game against Rowlett. Smith had 17 points, four assists and two rebounds for the game.

David Siburt

With district play almost half over, the boy’s Mustang basketball team stands 3-3.  Tonight they face the Naaman Forest Rangers at an away game.  

District 10-6A is still pretty open with undefeated Wylie and 4-2 South Garland at the top, but any other team could surprise those teams on any night.

Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Mustangs took on the Wylie Pirates with a disappointing  65-42 loss. They struggled from the field shooting only 36 percent and were not able to muster much offense.

It was surprising to see the Mustangs struggle after an exciting win against Rowlett with a packed gym Friday night.  The 71-65 win was an offensive explosion.

The Mustangs traveled to South Garland for a district matchup and lost 62-51. They were behind in the first quarter but battled back to take the lead in the third.  They were only able to muster five points to South’s 25 in the fourth, and it was not very competitive in the final minutes.

They picked up a couple of district wins against Lakeview 70-38 and Garland 58-51. And one of the losses was a 47-45 loss, a heartbreaker to North Garland.

They have had some trouble early on this season shooting just 42 percent from the field in 24 games this season. Their shooting will have to improve if they want to make a run at the district title this year.

“We have had some rough shooting games, but I think we can build off of some of our recent wins,” senior point guard Obi Onyia said. “We have found a rhythm on offense, and if we can keep it going, we can be a really good squad.”

The Mustangs have a very promising second half of district play under second-year head coach Zach Mikesell.  Last year the team improved its overall record from 2-22 in the 2017-2018 season to 18-15 in the 2018-2019 season.