Earle sweeps Mustangs in 2A-3 conference matchups

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Earle rolled into the Mustang Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon and came away with a four game sweep. The junior Lady Bulldogs began the afternoon with a 47-29 victory over BIC, followed by Earle's 48-40 win in the senior girls contest. The Bulldog junior boys rolled to a 65-23 win before the senior 'Dogs muscled their way to a 73-59 victory over the Mustangs in the nightcap.

BIC's Travon Cobb drives to the hoop as Earle's Mark Thomas (35) defends.

The Bulldogs raced to a 9-0 lead to begin the senior boys contest before settling on a 20-7 advantage after the first break. Earle built its lead to 30-16 midway through the second quarter behind the strong inside play of 6'7" center Mark Thomas. The half ended with the Bulldogs ahead 34-18.

Earle increased its lead to 39-20 early in the third period before BIC began to whittle away at the lead. Baskets by Travon Cobb and Andrew McFarlin, along with a Trey DePriest three pointer, completed a 9-0 Mustang run, slicing the Bulldog lead to 10 at the 4:08 mark. DePriest nailed another three pointer with 1:48 left in the quarter to trim the deficit to 43-34, but Earle closed the period with a 7-2 run to take a 50-36 advantage into the final frame.

BIC made one last charge midway through the fourth period when DePriest buried a three, followed by a conventional three point play by Cobb, which cut the Bulldog lead to 62-54 with 2:23 to go in the game, but that's as close as the Mustangs would get.

Chris Blanco (25) Drake Mitchell (3) and Tate Schooley (30) go for a rebound in the junior Mustang's matchup with Earle Saturday afternoon at the MAC.

DePriest led BIC with 22 points while Cobb pumped in 17 more. Dax Hurst finished with nine, Canon Walling tallied five, McFarlin scored four while Cory Turner pitched in two points.

Thomas scored a game high 28 points to lead Earle while Murray added 15 more.

In junior boys action, Blaine Wildy led the Mustangs with seven points. Kaleb Dublin and Kyle Thrasher scored five points apiece while Noah Teeter and Tate Schooley chipped in two points each. Conner McCord and Dylan Stewart added one point apiece. Ciscero led the Bullpups with 25 points.

In the senior girls game, Alden Graves drained six three pointers while scoring 20 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs over BIC. Sipes and Wildy topped the Lady Mustangs with 12 points apiece. Madison Nowlin scored six, Jona Carmichael and Holly Stockton pitched in four points apiece while Cadyn Qualls added two.

In the junior girls contest, Haddyn Hurst scored 16 points to lead BIC. Brianna Lambert and Morgan James scored four points apiece. Vicky Esparza netted three while Jealynn Cates added two points.

The senior boys fell to Harding Academy 62-60 Thursday night at the MAC. The Mustangs held leads of 16-9 after the first period, 30-26 at the half and 44-36 after three quarters, but Harding Academy outscored BIC 26-16 in the final period to rally for the victory. Brady Palmer and Pate Fullerton led Harding with 16 points each. Charles Collins added 11.

Cobb scored a game high 23 points to lead BIC while DePriest added 14. Turner scored nine, Hurst had six while Walling and McFarlin pitched in four points apiece.

The Lady Mustangs lost to Harding Academy 67-40. Sipes and Wildy paced BIC with 12 points each.

BIC began the week with a 52-32 conference victory over Cross County Monday night at the MAC. Sipes led the Lady Mustangs with 17 points. Wildy scored 14 and Hart chipped in 11. Stockton tallied six while Nowlin and Carmichael contributed two points each.

The Lady Mustangs will travel to East Poinsett County Monday night before visiting Manila in a nonconference game Thursday night.

BIC's junior and senior boys travel to EPC Tuesday night before hosting Marmaduke Friday night at the MAC.

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