Mustangs stymie Splendora to claim Tennison Tournament title

Published 6:47 pm Saturday, December 8, 2018

ORANGEFIELD – Outscoring Splendora 10-2 down the final stretch, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs walked away with the championship trophy at the Orangefield Tennison Tournament Saturday by downing the Wildcats 38-37.

The Wildcats built a 35-28 early in the fourth quarter, but the Mustangs (9-3), who struggled from the field and the free-throw line, got it done on the defensive end and was sparked by post Terron Brown down the stretch to nail down the win.

Splendora’s Adam Carter, who had a game-high 16 points, missed a long-range jumper to win it in the waning seconds. Carter had three three-pointers on the night and added seven rebounds.

Brown did not score in the first half due to quick foul trouble but got the hot hand after intermission. Brown scored all 14 of his points in the second half including six big ones down the home stretch. He also snatched eight rebounds.

Ty Broussard had nine points and a game-high 10 boards for the Wildcats while Jagger Kennedy added six points and five rebounds.

The game was nip-and-tuck throughout. Splendora led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter and 18-16 at the half and led 30-28 going to the fourth.

The Mustangs simply couldn’t surge ahead on the Wildcats by going just 6-of-20 from the free-throw line. Splendora was 4-for-6.

The Mustangs committed 19 turnovers while the Wildcats had 12.

Donanerius Brown collected 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Mustangs while Brettlin Wiley and B’Jan Arvie had five rebounds apiece.