By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
The Southwestern Heights Mustangs got in their full-court press from the opening tip, and didn’t let up until the game was well in hand, building a 20-point lead at half on their way to a 57-28 win over the Satanta Indians.
“We came out and tried to put some pressure on them,” said Mustangs coach Nefro Saucedo. “Tried to let the boys understand it starts on the defensive end. The first couple of minutes they did a good job causing some turnovers that led to easy points. I think if we can take care of things at the defensive end everything else will take care of itself.”
Heights was hot in the first quarter, hitting six threes, to take a 20-10 lead. Jeff Dutton scored 16 of his game-high 18 in the first half, including three 3’s in the first quarter and a fourth in the second. Lane Sherer hit two from beyond the arc in the first quarter, and Ben Johnsrud scored 12 points, hitting twice from deep. They continued their strong shooting in the second, outscoring Satanta 19-9.
Clayton Chase scored 11 to give the Mustangs balance inside.
“When shots are falling all offenses look good, but after a while when they were not the guys realized we need to work the ball around for some better shots,” said Saucedo. “Work as a team and things will go well.”
Heights backed off their full-court press, and took advantage of the big lead to work on their half-court defenses, and new wrinkles that Coach Saucedo want implemented.
“We struggled at times with some new defenses we are trying to add,” said Saucedo. “They are learning from their mistakes, but most of all giving good effort.”
Leading 51-26 after three quarters, Heights played reserves some of the third and most of the fourth quarter.
“They didn’t put a lot of points, but they held them defensively,” said Saucedo.
Heights improves their record to 4-1, and will host Syracuse Friday in their last contest before Christmas break.