PITTSBURG — Iola High’s Mustangs spotted yet another team five points, got back in before halftime then offensively came to a standstill.
The Mustangs took on one of the top teams in the Southeast Kansas League Tuesday on Pittsburg High’s court. The Dragons led 22-16 at halftime.
It was 29-16 after three quarters as the Dragons drove to a 45-30 win over the Mustangs. The Mustangs went scoreless in the third quarter.
“Defensively, the kids played very well. We really got after it,” said Steve Taylor, Mustang head coach.
“Offensively, we have to be more disciplined. We did not execute and run our offense, got frustrated and tried doing things individually. That’s not going to work.”
The Mustangs are 2-6 in the SEK and 4-8 overall. Pittsburg improved to 5-2 in league and 9-2 overall.
Iola starts the second round of SEK play Friday at home against Labette County.
The Dragons led 5-0 when Seth Walden had back-to-back threes for Iola. It was the only time Iola led in the game, 6-5, with 4:24 left in the period.
Blake Wilson quickly got the lead back for Pittsburg. A three-pointer by Iola’s Kent Toland tied the game at 9-9 at the 1:55 mark.
Pittsburg rattled off five unanswered points to gain the lead for good. Iola pushed the Dragons in the second quarter as Toland and Drew Walden had baskets that cut the margin to one again, 14-13.
The Dragons’ Wilson and Zach Younge countered with field goals. Seth Walden drained another trey to make it 18-16 with 3:31 left.
Iola had the basketball and an opportunity to take the lead but turned it over. Jordan Elliott and Wilson scored a basket each in the final minute lifting Pittsburg to a 22-16 lead at the break.
Iola could not get a shot to fall from the field or on it’s one chance at the free-throw line in the third quarter. The Dragons weren’t pulling completely away, scoring just seven points in the period.
Facing a 29-16 deficit as the fourth quarter began, Iola did score 14 points but Pittsburg piled on 16. The Dragons led by as many as 20 midway through the quarter.
The Mustangs shot 26 percent, 10 of 39, from the field. They hit 6 of 12 free throw attempts.
Seth Walden had 11 points and seven rebounds Toland added 10 points.
Pittsburg was led by Bryan Mendez with 13 points and Wilson with 12. The Dragons hit 6 of 12 free throw tries.
In junior varsity play, Pittsburg won 51-38. Jerrik Sigg had 13 points for Iola and Christian Kauth had 11 points.
Pittsburg defeated Iola’s freshmen 55-37. Levi Ashmore had 19 points for Iola.
Iola (9-7-0-14—30) (FG/3-pt): Ch. Heffern 0-0-1-0, Sigg 1-2-0-4, Toland 3/1-1-0-10, Kauth 0-1-0-1, D. Walden 1-0-1-2, S. Walden 0/3-2-0-11, Apt 1-0-4-2, Middleton 0-0-5-0, Peterson 0-0-5-0. TOTALS: 6/4-6-16-30.
Pittsburg (14-8-7-16—45) (FG/3-pt): Reed 0-1-2-1, Clark 0-0-1-0, Wilson 4/1-1-12, Elliott 3-2-3-8, Mendez 6-1-1-13, Southern 2-0-4-4, Schoonover 0-0-2-0, Gromer 1-0-0-2, Phalen 0-1-2-1, Younge 2-0-0-4. TOTALS: 18/1-6-16-45.
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