|Mustangs Have Their Revenge|
It has yet to turn into a rivalry but The Master’s College was looking for a little payback Friday evening against Southwestern of Arizona at the NCCAA West Regional Classic in Redding.
Just 20 days earlier in Phoenix, the Eagles had stunned the Mustangs 81-65 in a game that really wasn’t that close. This time it was different, though, as Joey Fuca tallied a game-high 24 points and the Mustangs used a run in each half to race to a 74-56 victory.
TMC came out of the gate quickly, scoring the game’s first six points but the Eagles used a 12-3 spurt to catch and pass the Mustangs at 16-15. That seemed to wake up Anthony Wells and his teammates.
The junior transfer scored three consecutive field goals, triggering a 13-0 run that put the Mustangs ahead to stay, 28-16. Brandon Bibbins drilled a three-pointer during the skein, Paul Brown added a bucket, and Devin Dyer finished it off with a basket.
The Eagles chopped it to nine points on their next possession but moments later, Anthony Cammon hit a jumper to return the advantage to 12 points (32-20). They were still up by 11 (35-24) when Southwestern’s Josh Cole buried a three-pointer, slicing the deficit to 35-27 at the break.
The Eagles were fortunate to be that close since they converted only 32% of their shots from the field in the first half while the Mustangs hit at a 52% clip. Wells led all scorers with nine points.
Coming out of halftime, a Fuca field goal pushed the margin back to 10 points but the Eagles used a 10-4 spurt to draw within 41-37. Fuca answered quickly with a three-ball and that fueled a 13-4 run that put the Mustangs comfortably in front 54-41. Brown added a pair of baskets during the streak, Fuca drained another trifecta and Ronnie Dodd duplicated that for the 13-point advantage.
Still, that didn’t put the Eagles away as they reeled off five straight points to pull within eight. Just as quickly, the back-and-forth momentum switched back to the Mustangs as Fuca tallied consecutive baskets to restore the 12-point (58-46) advantage.
The Eagles slowly carved away at the deficit and had it down to eight (62-54) on a Daniel Stanton three-point play but Fuca responded once again and this time it started a run from which the Eagles would never recover.
Fuca’s basket triggered a game-closing 12-4 burst that produced the game’s largest margin (the final score of 74-56) while putting the Eagles away. During the skein, Dyer added a bucket and Cammon and Fuca iced the win with four free throws apiece.
Fuca led all scorers with 24 points on 8-12 shooting from the field. Wells, who played such a large role in the first half, chipped in with 13 points and Brown finished with 10.
The Mustangs finish up their quick Northern California trip on Saturday evening when they tangle with host Simpson.