Basketball: Mustang boys squeak out win, girls fall big in season-openers at Deer Creek

BOYS

Diego Gray attempts a jumper over a Deer Creek defender during Mustang's 56-54 season-opening win Tuesday. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

Diego Gray attempts a jumper over a Deer Creek defender during Mustang’s 56-54 season-opening win Tuesday. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

Mustang’s boys pulled out a 56-54 win at Deer Creek Tuesday in a matchup of unranked teams to kick off the season.

Phil Baker and Diego Gray combined for 13 of Mustang’s final 15 points down the stretch as the Broncos edged Deer Creek late, outscoring the Antlers 15-12 in the fourth after entering the quarter trailing by one. Baker nailed three field goals and a pair of free throws while Gray drilled a three and two from the charity stripe to spur the run.

“It was a great win for us, especially on the road,” said Mustang coach Robert Foreman, who made his debut for the Broncos Tuesday. “We were trailing most of the game, but showed some resiliency down the stretch by hitting shots and getting stops down the stretch.”

Deer Creek (0-1) jumped out to an eight-point lead after the first, but Mustang (1-0) cut into the lead by outscoring the Antlers, 31-26 over the second and third quarters.

Gray led Mustang with 18 points in his varsity debut while Baker finished with 13. Quantrell Jackson and Kyle Coquillette each finished with nine points while Zalek Sharp finished with seven.

 

GIRLS

The No. 15 Mustang girls faced a tough test to open the season, squaring off with Totsy Manning’s No. 4 Deer Creek Antlers Tuesday, who enter their second season in Class 6A after three straight state championships in 5A.

Deer Creek (1-0) built a 27-14 first-half lead before closing out a 60-42 win, handing Mustang (0-1) its first loss of the season.

Abby Niehues (Sr.) led the Broncos with 17 points while Mia Brown (Jr.) finished with 10 and CurTiera Haywood (So.) finished with eight. Sydney Manning led Deer Creek with 16 points.

 

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