For the second time this season the Mustangs varsity basketball team has been burned by a top shot at the free throw line. Early in January the Mustangs faced Pisgah’s Tanner Wike who got 14 of his 22 points from the free throw line and led the Black Bears to a 53 to 50 win over the Mustangs. On Friday the Mustangs sent Franklin Panther’s Jay Bueck to the free throw line 13 times including once on a three point opportunity. Bueck did not miss a free throw which included eight from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. Ten of the twelve points scored by the Panthers in the fourth quarter were free throws. For the game the entire Mustangs were five of seven from the charity stripe with one miss by Cody Lominac and one by Dawson Karap. The Mustangs lost that game 73 to 67. If Pisgah was planning on using the same game plan earlier this week when they played the Mustangs at home it was not quite as successful. Tanner Wike has seven trips to the free throw line including a shot for a three point play which he missed, but connected on nine other shot opportunities. Pisgah also had Kameron Walker available for the game who’s game output was 19 points as was Turner Wike’s total.
ON MONDAY the game against Pisgah was moved up a day due to the threat of snow. The Mustangs took an early ten point lead before the Black Bears changed to the half court man coverage defense which allowed them to take the lead at the end of the first quarter and keep it through three quarters. In the final quarter the Mustangs figured out the Bears defense and went of a 25 to 15 surge and won the game 67 to 63.
ON FRIDAY The Mustangs will face their toughest challenge of the season when they face Hendersonville in the new Mustangs Gym. The defense will have their hands full when they face five of the top eleven scorers in the conference including Ben Beeker who is one of the top five scorers in the state. When the teams met at Hendersonville on January 11th Beeker scored 20 points and was backed up by Kailin Ensley who had eleven. Hendersonville is 14 and 2 overall and undefeated in conference play