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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Mustangs hammer Southwest

  • The McDonald County boys took control of the scoreboard early and never trailed en route to a 66-49 victory over Southwest on Monday at McDonald County High School.
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  • The McDonald County boys took control of the scoreboard early and never trailed en route to a 66-49 victory over Southwest on Monday at McDonald County High School.
    Coming off a loss against Grove on Friday, the Mustangs (5-5) were all business on Monday and wasted no time in establishing their dominance. A 3-pointer by Daton Aubrey gave the Mustangs an 11-0 lead midway through the first period. The Trojans, meanwhile, didn’t get their first points until Blake Barnes hit a runner with 3:38 to go in the first to make it 11-2.
    The Mustangs were in complete control the entire way.
    “I thought our intensity was pretty good,” Mustangs coach Trent Barratt said. “Our 2-3 zone was pretty effective against them, we were able to get some stops and get out in transition.”
    Having already played teams like St. Mary’s-Colgan and Webb City — teams that like to press — seemed to help the Mustangs. When the Trojans went to their press in an attempt to trim the growing deficit, the Mustangs remained calm and continued to have offensive success — scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter alone.
    “We’re playing a lot of teams early in our schedule that press,” Barratt said. “I think that our inexperience is starting to get more experience. Early in the year there was not that same confidence that we had tonight, that’s for sure.”
    The Mustangs led 19-6 late in the first quarter, and absorbed a 7-0 run — six of which came to open the second quarter — by the Trojans to cut it to 19-13. But Aubrey answered with a pair of quick baskets for the Mustangs to push it back to 23-13 in the second. It remained a 10-point game (28-18) at halftime and was 38-27 at the end of three quarters.
    Aubrey, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, quietly put together a big game for the Mustangs with 27 points. His performance matched Barnes, who also had 27 to lead the Trojans.
    Dagan Stites followed Aubrey with 10 points for the Mustangs, while Jake Wood added eight, Max Dill and Drew Harmon seven, Damian Monsalvo six and Kole Keith two.
    The Mustangs are idle for the remainder of the week. They travel to Webb City at 6 p.m. Monday.

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