West Grand Mustangs nearly catch explosive Love Christian team
December 22, 2008
The West Grand High School boys basketball team dropped three games at the Mountain Parks Electric 5th Annual High Country Invitational tournament this past weekend, but they saved their best effort for last, nearly pulling off an upset against Love Christian.
The Kings jumped out to a 19-12 first-quarter lead and then saw the Mustangs slowly chip away at the lead and finally tie the game at 58 points. The Mustangs had a couple of shots to take the lead, but saw their efforts fall short.
Sherman Gibbs of Love Christian converted a two-point shot to give the Knights the final lead at 60-58.
The Mustangs had two good looks at the basket but were unable to convert. A final three-point shot by Connor Widener at the buzzer fell short of its mark.
Matt Johnson scored 15 points to lead the Mustangs, while Sky Handyside added 11
points and Tim Ritschard had nine for the Mustangs.
“I was pleased with the effort,” coach Leo Pesch said. “We were in better shape than they were and it showed in the second and fourth quarters. We had a shot to win the game and gave it our best effort.”
In earlier games in the tournament, the Mustangs lost to Middle Park 60-39, and Meeker 49-27.
In the game against the Panthers, Fletcher Flanigan scored 14 to lead the way for West Grand, while Jordon Reynolds led the Panthers with 19 points and Mike Schmidt added 14 points to the Middle Park victory.
In the Meeker game, Ritschard led the Mustangs with eight points and Luke Miller chipped in with seven points. Dakota Rowlett led the Cowboys with 14 points.
“In a three-game tournament, you find out a lot about your team, and you can make some quick adjustments,” Pesch said. “One thing I found out is that this team has some players who have absolutely no quit in them.”
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