Mustangs lose close opener to Hyde Park at McDonald’s Classic

MARBLE FALLS — Down 51-50 with 40 seconds left, the Marble Falls High School boys basketball team had two chances to take the lead. But Hyde Park was able to score 3-of-4 free throws in the final 10 seconds for a 54-50 victory in the teams’ opener at the McDonald’s Classic on Nov. 29.

Before the game, Mustangs head coach Neil Laminack told his players "don’t beat ourselves."

PHOTO: Marble Falls High School senior guard Joey Blackledge (right) prepares to defend the 3-point line during the Mustangs’ 54-50 loss to Austin Hyde on Nov. 29. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

"We talked about why teams like Kerrville Tivy and Liberty Hill are good," he said. "They don’t beat themselves, and we did."

Quick shots on the offensive end and unforced errors allowed Hyde Park to stay in the game, though the Mustangs led by five points with 4 minutes 37 seconds left to play in the third quarter. But a 10-4 Hyde Park run had Marble Falls trailing 38-37 headed into the final period.

It could have been more, but senior guard Colin Edwards hit two free throws with 4 seconds remaining to trim the deficit.

Hyde Park took advantage of second-chance opportunities in the first half, resulting in 10 points, which tied the game 25-25 at the half.

ON OFFENSE: Points — Rey Baltazar 16, Colin Edwards 12, Joey Blackledge 9

RECORDS: Marble Falls is 1-5.

UP NEXT: Marble Falls vs. Austin Crockett at Max Copeland Gym, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29

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