The Mustang boys’ basketball team ended its season Feb. 15 with a 71-57 loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (EBF). The two South Central Conference teams met in the opening round of the Class 2A District Tournament.

This was the third meeting between the two teams this season. EBF won the first two games by scores of 58-43 and 58-45.

The Mustangs stayed with their tried and true strategy of getting the ball inside to post players Noah Zmolek and Dalton Reeves in this game. The two Mustangs accounted for 43 of the team’s 57 points. Reeves finished the night with 23 points while Zmolek added 20.

The Mustangs needed a bit more to boost their offense against EBF. The Rockets were led by Brooks Moore who finished with 22 points. Ethan Davis added 20 and Thane Alexander finished with 18 in the win over Davis County.

Looking at the final game stats, The Mustangs shot better from the floor. The boys were 23 of 44 from the floor for 52.3 percent accuracy. Davis County was just thee of nine from the three-point range.

EBF won the game by getting more offensive possessions. The Rockets took 61 shots compared to the 44 Davis County took. The Rockets also launched 18 shots from three-point range hitting just five of them.

The key to EBF getting the win over Davis County in this game was the fact that they limited the second-shot chances Davis County had in this game. The Mustangs had just four offensive rebounds while Eddyville pulled down 16 offensive rebounds and gave themselves those second chances to score.

Despite the issues with shooting and rebounding, Davis County did some good things and kept the game close early. Zmolek, Reeves and Alex Lynch provided the offensive firepower that helped Davis County build an 8-4 lead.

Davis County did play well defensively for much of the game. EBF’s ability to get rebounds and second-shot attempts was the difference in this game. The Rockets put together a couple of scoring runs late in the first quarter to take the lead The Rockets led Davis County 14-12 with 2:12 left in the quarter. A couple of defensive stops along with a well-timed three-point basket helped the Rockets boost that lead to 21-14 going into the second quarter.

Zmolek broke away to score a basket at the buzzer before starting the second quarter. That basket helped give the Mustangs a bit of momentum as the game progressed.

The Mustangs stepped up their intensity on defense. They got hands in passing lanes and caused problems for the Rockets who struggled to set up their offense in the half-court set.

Reeves scored on free throws after being fouled. He hit two more field goals and Caedyn Glosser added a three-pointer as Davis County turned a 32-14 deficit into a 23-23 tie ball game.

For the next five minutes, Davis County battled back-and-forth scoring points each time down the court. Defensive stops turned into points and neither team could get a lead any bigger than four points. Davis County went into the locker room trailing 33-29 at the break.

The Mustangs continued to battle hard as the second half began. Reeves and Lynch both scored after getting defensive stops against the Rockets. That tied the game at 33-33.

EBF kicked up the intensity of its defense and rebounding. The Rockets caused problems for Davis County inside and the outside shooting just wasn’t accurate enough to keep up. EBF Put together an eight-point run to give themselves some separation on the scoreboard.

Zmolek, Reeves and Ivan Garcia all scored on fast-break opportunities as the pace of the game sped up on both ends of the court. Davis County’s continued battle helped cut the Rockets’ lead back down to four with 2:50 left in the third.

Davis County went into the fourth quarter down by a score of 50-46. The score remained close for a short time but an untimely turnover and a three-pointer from the Rockets helped EBF stretch that lead once again.

This time Davis County couldn’t get the shots to fall when they needed them. The Mustangs trailed 62-55 with 1:41 left to play. With time running short, Davis County’s shooting just couldn’t keep up with that of the Rockets. EBF finished the game with a 9-4 scoring run. That was enough to end the Mustangs' season with a 71-57 loss.

“I was really proud of our team’s play against Eddyville. The boys played their hearts out and they should be satisfied with their effort,” said Coach Jamie Cason. “Our Seniors played well. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win.

“It was a fun year with this team and we will miss our seniors as we wish them nothing but the best. We had to play flawless tonight and we left some points out there as well as some defensive stops,” said Cason. “We give credit to Eddyville as they played a tremendous game.” 

Score by quarters

DC    14    29    46    57

EBF    21    33    50    71

Reeves, Zmolek lead Mustangs in loss to Rockets

The Mustang boys’ basketball team ended its season Feb. 15 with a 71-57 loss to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (EBF). The two South Central Conference teams met in the opening round of the Class 2A District Tournament.

This was the third meeting between the two teams this season. EBF won the first two games by scores of 58-43 and 58-45.

The Mustangs stayed with their tried and true strategy of getting the ball inside to post players Noah Zmolek and Dalton Reeves in this game. The two Mustangs accounted for 43 of the team’s 57 points. Reeves finished the night with 23 points while Zmolek added 20.

The Mustangs needed a bit more to boost their offense against EBF. The Rockets were led by Brooks Moore who finished with 22 points. Ethan Davis added 20 and Thane Alexander finished with 18 in the win over Davis County.

Looking at the final game stats, The Mustangs shot better from the floor. The boys were 23 of 44 from the floor for 52.3 percent accuracy. Davis County was just thee of nine from the three-point range.

EBF won the game by getting more offensive possessions. The Rockets took 61 shots compared to the 44 Davis County took. The Rockets also launched 18 shots from three-point range hitting just five of them.

The key to EBF getting the win over Davis County in this game was the fact that they limited the second-shot chances Davis County had in this game. The Mustangs had just four offensive rebounds while Eddyville pulled down 16 offensive rebounds and gave themselves those second chances to score.

Despite the issues with shooting and rebounding, Davis County did some good things and kept the game close early. Zmolek, Reeves and Alex Lynch provided the offensive firepower that helped Davis County build an 8-4 lead.

Davis County did play well defensively for much of the game. EBF’s ability to get rebounds and second-shot attempts was the difference in this game. The Rockets put together a couple of scoring runs late in the first quarter to take the lead The Rockets led Davis County 14-12 with 2:12 left in the quarter. A couple of defensive stops along with a well-timed three-point basket helped the Rockets boost that lead to 21-14 going into the second quarter.

Zmolek broke away to score a basket at the buzzer before starting the second quarter. That basket helped give the Mustangs a bit of momentum as the game progressed.

The Mustangs stepped up their intensity on defense. They got hands in passing lanes and caused problems for the Rockets who struggled to set up their offense in the half-court set.

Reeves scored on free throws after being fouled. He hit two more field goals and Caedyn Glosser added a three-pointer as Davis County turned a 32-14 deficit into a 23-23 tie ball game.

For the next five minutes, Davis County battled back-and-forth scoring points each time down the court. Defensive stops turned into points and neither team could get a lead any bigger than four points. Davis County went into the locker room trailing 33-29 at the break.

The Mustangs continued to battle hard as the second half began. Reeves and Lynch both scored after getting defensive stops against the Rockets. That tied the game at 33-33.

EBF kicked up the intensity of its defense and rebounding. The Rockets caused problems for Davis County inside and the outside shooting just wasn’t accurate enough to keep up. EBF Put together an eight-point run to give themselves some separation on the scoreboard.

Zmolek, Reeves and Ivan Garcia all scored on fast-break opportunities as the pace of the game sped up on both ends of the court. Davis County’s continued battle helped cut the Rockets’ lead back down to four with 2:50 left in the third.

Davis County went into the fourth quarter down by a score of 50-46. The score remained close for a short time but an untimely turnover and a three-pointer from the Rockets helped EBF stretch that lead once again.

This time Davis County couldn’t get the shots to fall when they needed them. The Mustangs trailed 62-55 with 1:41 left to play. With time running short, Davis County’s shooting just couldn’t keep up with that of the Rockets. EBF finished the game with a 9-4 scoring run. That was enough to end the Mustangs' season with a 71-57 loss.

“I was really proud of our team’s play against Eddyville. The boys played their hearts out and they should be satisfied with their effort,” said Coach Jamie Cason. “Our Seniors played well. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win.

“It was a fun year with this team and we will miss our seniors as we wish them nothing but the best. We had to play flawless tonight and we left some points out there as well as some defensive stops,” said Cason. “We give credit to Eddyville as they played a tremendous game.” 

Score by quarters

DC    14    29    46    57

EBF    21    33    50    71

Scoring—Reeves, 23; Zmolek, 20; Alex Lynch, 6; Caedyn Glosser, 3; Ivan Garcia, 3 and Carson Zeitler, 2.

Rebounds—Zmolek, 7; Carson Maeder, 5; Glosser, 3; Reeves, 3; Lynch, 2 and Garcia, 1.

Assists—Garcia, 5; Zeitler, 3; Zmolek, 2; Maeder, 2; Reeves, 1 and Glosser, 1.

Steals—Reeves, 3; Glosser, 3; Lynch, 2 and Zmolek, 1. Reeves, 23; Zmolek, 20; Alex Lynch, 6; Caedyn Glosser, 3; Ivan Garcia, 3 and Carson Zeitler, 2.