For awhile Tuesday night it looked as though Buffalo Island Central's winning streaks of 36 straight games overall and 45 in a row in 3AA North Conference action might end.
Bay's Yellowjackets came to the Monette Athletic Complex with a plan and executed it to perfection for almost three quarters in building as much as a 19 point lead before the Mustangs rallied to claim a hard fought 84-75 victory.
Bay came out with both barrels blazing from beyond the three point line and when the smoke had cleared, the Jackets had a 36-17 lead with 6:43 left in the first half. The red hot Yellowjackets shot a blistering 20-29 from the field in the opening half, including 7-10 from three point range. But the Mustangs battled back to close within seven, 49-42, at halftime, as Hunter Smith hit a couple of big three point shots late in the second quarter to put BIC back in the game.
The Mustangs came all the way back in the third quarter as Derek Rolland scored 12 of BIC's 23 third quarter points as BIC claimed a 65-63 lead entering the final quarter. The Mustangs outscored Bay 19-12 in the final frame to pull away and extend both streaks to 37 and 46 in a row.
The Yellowjackets used a gimmick defense in the first half to stifle BIC's high scoring Brooks Taylor, who came in averaging over 37 points a game. Taylor was held to only four first half points, yet the Mustangs trailed only by seven at the half.
BIC grabbed their first lead of the night when Rolland scored with 3:53 left in the third quarter to give the Mustangs a 56-54 edge that BIC would never relinquish.
Taylor finally got untracked in the second half and finished with a game high 26 points. Rolland poured in 18 more while Smith finished with 11. Cord Rose scored nine while Trevor Matheny and Garrett Qualls added three points apiece. Eric Wallace and Jordan Phillips pitched in two points to round out the Mustang scoring. BIC finished 16-21 from the free throw line and nailed six three pointers on the night.
Bay placed all five starters in double figures, led by Will Scott's 19 points. Garrett Bollinger scored 18 points, Justin Hager had 12, Seth Southard netted 11 while Tyrone Harris pitched in 10 points.
BIC moves to 7-0 and 2-0 in 3AA North Conference action while Bay falls to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The Mustangs traveled to Turrell Friday night and came away with an 87-75 win over the Rockets as Brooks Taylor blistered the nets for 53 points. It marked the third time this season that Taylor has topped the 50 point barrier. Taylor poured in 32 second half points, including 21 in the decisive third quarter when BIC took control of the game.
Derek Rolland scored 13 points and Eric Wallace added 10 as BIC improved to 8-0 overall in winning their 38th straight game. BIC led 21-18 after the first quarter and 42-40 at halftime before pulling away for a 65-54 lead after three quarters. The Mustangs benefitted by going to the foul line 41 times while connecting on 32. Taylor hit 23 of 25 from the foul line and nailed four treys on the night.
Travis Postell paced Turrell with 20 points while Eric Gibson and Derris Hopkins added 14 and 10 points respectively.
In junior high action, BIC dropped two decisions, losing to Bay 46-33 and to Turrell 35-33.
Steven Greathouse led the Junior Mustangs against Bay, scoring nine points. Zach Corter scored six, Cody Smith had five, Brandon Atkeison netted four, while Ricky Cordero, Heath Hawkins, and Josh Freeman scored three points apiece.
Bay placed three players in double figures as Aaron Ballew led the Jackets with 16 points while Troy Brown scored 11 and Wade Hamilton added 10.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Marmaduke to face the Greyhounds in a 3AA North Conference match-up. The Mustangs will also hit the road Friday night for another conference tilt against the Piggott Mohawks.