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Men's Basketball - Mustangs escape with 52-50 win over Colonels
1/4/2019 11:59 AM

There’s an understanding that teams learn more from losses than from wins.

But on Thursday night for McCracken County, which survived poor shooting from the floor and the free-throw line, as well as spurts of flat defense in a 52-50 win over Christian County, there were still plenty of lessons learned.

“We came out here and did not play good at all,” said junior forward Jackson Sivills, who had 26 points for the Mustangs. “Good teams can’t do that. We got the win, but there’s a lot of things to build on. We said before the game that they had three players coming back and we can’t take them for granted. I think we did that in the first half and they almost got us.”

McCracken played from behind for the entire first half.

Down 12-8 after one quarter, the Mustangs (12-1), despite a back-and-forth second quarter – in scoring and with missed shots and turnovers – were able to trim the deficit to 22-21 on the way into the locker room.

“It never really seemed like we could execute offensively,” McCracken coach Burlin Brower said. “Christian did a really good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do. We weren’t able to run as many sets as we wanted and they got up underneath us. I was really kind of shocked, because we’ve played well when teams get up underneath us.”

McCracken took its first lead of the night on a three-pointer from Sivills with 7:35 left in the third, which seemed to jump start the offense for the Mustangs.

But again, defensive lapses allowed the Colonels to retake control. Trevor Winsett made a fadeaway jumper as time expired in the third, cutting Christian County’s lead to 40-39.

In the fourth, it was several missed free-throws that kept the game close in the final two minutes.

“We’ve got to play harder,” Sivills said. “We’ve got to be locked in from the beginning. And, that’s on me. As the leader of this team, I’ve got to come out like that. I did not play my best tonight.”

Fred Tandy scored 14 and DaMikeon Mathis scored 12 for the Colonels (7-7).

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Christian County 12 10 18 10 — 50

McCracken County 8 13 18 13 — 52

COLONELS — Tandy 14, Mathis 12, Chambers 7, White 6, Babb 4, Brody 4, McGregor 3.

Field goals: 23/50. 3-pointers: 2/6 (Mathis, Chambers). Free throws: 7/11. Rebounds: 30. Fouls: 22. Record: 7-7.

MUSTANGS — Sivills 26, Dumas 7, Winsett 6, Davis 6, Heard 5, Beyer 2.

Field goals: 13/45. 3-pointers: 3/9 (Davis 2, Sivills). Free throws: 23/31. Rebounds: 31. Fouls: 12. Record: 12-1.

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