Jan. 26, 2019 — Last Tuesday night after coming off a short break, the Mapleton boy’s basketball team took to the hardwood to host a conference game against Mohawk.
The Mustangs came into the game with a 4-1 Mountain West League record, positioning them as the league’s second-place team, with an overall record of 9-8.
The Mustangs had the edge with an 11-man roster, compared to The Sailors’ six available players that night. Mohawk got off to a quick start, scoring 15 points in the first quarter while the Sailors were held to just 4 points.
Mapleton’s struggles continued in the second quarter, ultimately leading to a lopsided halftime score of 8-28 in favor of the Mustangs.
Despite the strong contrast on the scoreboard, the Sailors fought hard in the second half, scoring 12 of their 20 points in the third quarter, with sophomore Jeremy Bender leading the way with a pair of 3-pointers, but Mohawk sophomore Frankie Sanders and junior Joshua Rowe responded by combining for 13 points.
Even with a strong second-half effort by the Sailors, the Mustangs went on an 11-2 run to end the quarter and took a commanding 20-47 lead to start the fourth period, which included scoring from junior Nate Neece (3 points), two points each from senior Evan Moso and Bender, and a free-throw from sophomore JJ Neece.
But the deficit proved too much for the Sailors, who fell to the Mustangs, 28-56.
Last night, Mapleton was on the road at Crow High School (after press deadlines) to take on the Cougars.
The Sailors will return to their home hardwood Tuesday, when they host league rival McKenzie.