Owning the night; The Cotton Classic
The Mustangs from Mumford broke out of the gate, like the Mustang horses of the Old West. In their first game to open the Cotton Christmas Classic, they ran all over the Thrall Tigers by the tune of 96-35. Mumford jumped out to a 28-9 lead after the first quarter and led 54-15 at the half. They would stretch that lead to 81-21 after the 3rd quarter and coast home to the final of 96-35. Aubrie King scored 24 points on 8 of 9 shooting from 3-point range. The St. Edwards signee also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the game. Lakendric Hyson had 16, Seth Smitherman 13, Corey Powell 12, Dion Mack 9, Justin Shannon 6, Frank Franco 6 and James Morris 5 to pace a well-rounded Mustang attack. The aggressive Mustang defense had 12 steals and 14 deflections as they continually forced the tempo.
In their 2nd game of the day the Mustangs took on the Hearne Eagles. Much like they did in their opener at 9:00 am, their closer at 6:00 pm was much the same old soup just heated over as they rolled over Hearne 86-46. After taking a close 13-10 lead over the Eagles after the 1st quarter, Mumford outscored Hearne 33 to 16 in the 2nd quarter to take a 20 point lead at 46-26. The Mustangs’ defense held Hearne to 3 points in the 3rd and ended any hopes of an Eagle comeback by leading 64-29 at end of the 3rd. From there it was just a matter of playing out the time for Mumford. With Aubrie King’s 17, Dion Mack’s 25, and Lakendric Hyson’s 24 leading the way, the Mustangs rolled to a 2-0 start on the first day of their tournament.
Mumford kept it’s record perfect in the tournament defeating Big Sandy 82-64, led by King with 26, Hyson 20, Mack 16; and Smitherman 14. Mumford jumped out to an early 8-point lead after the 1st at 22-14, and were never threatened, cruising to an easy win. They also defeated Aggieland Home School 83-71. King and Hyson were again the leading scorers with 23 and 25, Dion Mack had 18, Smitherman 10, Shannon 4 and Morris 3 as Mumford built as much as a 17 point advantage before settling for the 12 point win.
On Saturday the Mustangs stayed perfect in the tournament with wins over A&M Consolidated JV team 68-53 as King scored 28, Mack 15, and Smitherman 10. They ended the tournament with an 84-56 victory over neighboring Calvert. Dion Mack led the Mustang attack with 27, King added 21, Hyson 12 and Smitherman 14. Mumford took an early lead and built it to 19 at 50-31 by the half. The 2nd half was more of the same as they put the Trojans away behind making 12 of 25 shots from 3-point range. The Mustangs of Coach Sodek solidified their hold on the Number 1 ranking.
Michael Cotton / Robertson County News