By Clint Andersen
The Gordon-Rushville Mustangs boys basketball team opened their season Friday night when they traveled to Hemingford. After a strong first quarter, the speed and athleticism of the Bobcats took its toll as Hemingford ran to a 75-37 victory.
The Mustangs took charge early with the first basket of the game and played a very competitive first quarter. The Mustangs forced Hemingford into several errors and wild passes in the quarter and relied on four points from Ryan Schwarting to lead the way. With the score tied 9-9 at the start of the second quarter, Hemingford found their rhythm as they scored 33 points to take a commanding 42-18 halftime lead.
In the second half, Hemingford got their transition game in high gear as they took every opportunity to push the ball up the floor to find good looks at the basket before the Mustang defense could get set. Despite the Bobcats’ scoring onslaught, the Mustangs battled to the end without giving an inch.
Ryan Schwarting led the Mustang scorers with 19 points, Kyle Anderson and Chaz Piper each added 5, Ben Wegner, Brad Frandsen, and Barry Toczek scored 2 and Sam Piper and Brandon Bailey each scored 1. While the final score of 75-37 was not the outcome the Mustangs had hoped for, there is a lot for this team to build on. Sophmore Ryan Schwarting showed that he can be a handful for defenders with dribble penetration and Ben Wegner provided a strong rebounding presence under the basket.
The Mustangs will travel to Chadron to face the Cardinals on Friday. The game will be webcast by the Journal Star with coverage available at www.sheridancountyjournalstar.net.