Mustang boys looking for a win in home tournament

MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School boys basketball team is still searching for a win in their own Subway Classic, though head coach Neil Laminack was happy with the way his team played during its 47-40 loss to Kerrville Tivy on Nov. 30.

"That’s the best team we’ve played with the best players," he said about the Antlers. "Defensively, I think that’s the best we’ve played. Offensively, it’s not the best game we’ve played."

PHOTO 1: Marble Falls High School junior forward Frederic Filsoof scores two of his 11 points in the Mustangs’ 59-35 loss to Austin Crockett on Nov. 29. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

PHOTO 2: Marble Falls High School freshman Ethan Leech (second from left) guards a Fredericksburg player during the Mustangs’ loss to the Billies on Nov. 30.

Tivy had a balanced mix of outside shooters and an inside presence that made rebounding challenging for the Mustangs. The Antlers played a half-court offense and didn’t give up many fast-break opportunities to Marble Falls.

The Antlers led 13-10 after the first quarter and 26-21 at the half.

In Marble Falls’ night-cap game on Nov. 29, Crockett’s players had natural quickness and pushed the pace of the game, though not until the second period. That allowed the Cougars to take a 23-14 lead against the Mustangs that went to 35-22 by the end of the third quarter.

Laminack said the Mustangs are still learning how to physically and mentally prepare to play a game after a long layoff. They had lost 54-50 to Austin Hyde Park in a contest played at noon Nov. 29.

"The warmup is very important, but it’s not just the warmup," he said. "Are you seeing yourself finish plays or are you just happy to be here?"

The coach also wants to see his players make better decisions based on what the opponent is doing and understand how to use their individual strengths to help the Mustangs succeed.

AGAINST KERRVILLE TIVY: Points — Rey Baltazar 16, Colin Edwards 9, Joey Blackledge 6, J.T. Watson 3

AGAINST AUSTIN CROCKETT: Points — Frederic Filsoof 11, Colin Edwards 10, Ishiah Carson 7, Rey Baltazar 4

QUOTABLE: "They’re trying to do what we tell them to do. It’s just not there yet," head coach Neil Laminack said.

RECORDS: Marble Falls is 2-6.

UP NEXT: Marble Falls vs. Liberty Hill at Max Copeland Gym, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls, 6 p.m. Nov. 30

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