By Clint Andersen
The Gordon-Rushville Mustang boys’ basketball team notched their first win of the season on Friday night as they dismantled the Cody-Kilgore Cowboys on the road 65-40. The Mustangs started slowly, but hit their stride in the second and third quarters to pull away for the win.
The Mustangs were outscored in the first quarter 14-8, but the second quarter was a different story. Six Mustangs tallied points in the second quarter as they turned the six point deficit into a six point halftime lead. The 23 point scoring total was the highest output for a quarter this season by the Mustangs.
With the score 31-25 at halftime, the Mustangs didn’t slow down. Instead, they put the accelerator to the floor and added 22 more third quarter points, 11 of them from Kyle Anderson, to take a commanding 53-31 lead at the end of the third. The pace finally slowed in the fourth quarter, but the Mustangs still outscored the Cowboys 12-9 for a final score of 65-40.
Aside from the 56 points scored in a December 8 loss to Ainsworth, the 45 points scored by the Mustangs in the second and third quarters alone were more than their final score in any other game this season. The balanced Mustang attack saw three scorers in double figures – Kyle Anderson with 20, Ryan Schwarting with 11, and Chaz Piper with 10. Trevor Standing Soldier and Lex Haller each added 8, Barry Toczek scored 5, and Sam Boldon scored 3.
With the win, the Mustangs are now 1-10. They will travel to Mitchell on Friday, then make up their postponed game at Hay Springs on Saturday afternoon.