In a battle of former local standouts, head coaches Trent Barratt and Kyle Fields saw their boys basketball teams square off on Tuesday, with Barratt’s McDonald County Mustangs getting the better of Fields’ East Newton Patriots, 40-35, in a varsity hoops tilt.
Make no mistake, this friendly rivalry was one both teams, and coaches, wanted badly, and it was close the entire way. The Mustangs clung to a 24-23 advantage at halftime, but they gave themselves a little breathing room in the third quarter when they outscored the Patriots 12-5.
The victory was the second of the season for the Mustangs, who now sit at 2-4 overall. Tyrel Lett pumped in 14 points in the victory while Drey Fickle added 10, Tyler Sherwood nine, Pablo Alvarez four and Josh Serr three.
Sam Swartz led the way for the Patriots with 11 points while Bryce Zimmerman tossed in seven, Deion Clark and Colby Thomas five, Aaron Millet four and Rocky Liveoak three.
The Mustangs entertain Kansas City Ruskin at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday at the Neosho Holiday Classic.