Mustangs can’t keep up with Vandegrift in second half

CEDAR PARK — After the Marble Falls High School boys basketball team and Leander Vandegrift played to a 23-23 tie at halftime Feb. 1, Mustangs head basketball coach Neil Laminack predicted the team that woke up would would win the game.

And that team was the Vipers, who outscored the Mustangs 24-15 in the third quarter en route to the 73-56 victory.

“They went on a run a start the third quarter, and we just didn’t really bounce back from that,” Laminack said. “And as the game wore on, we just wore down.”

He commended senior guard Joey Blackledge and sophomore center Danny Rivara for their play.

“I thought Danny Rivara and Joey Blackledge made some plays to kind of keep us in there, hanging in there,” he said.

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ON OFFENSE: Points – Joey Blackledge 18, Danny Rivara 18, Colin Edwards 10, J.T. Watson 3, Ben Stripling 3

RECORDS: Marble Falls is 15-19 and 2-7 in District 25-4A; Vandegrift is 16-18, 3-7 in District 25-4A.

UP NEXT: Marble Falls vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge, 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Max Copeland Gym, 2101 Mustang Drive in Marble Falls

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Leander, 7-3

Rouse, 6-4

Vista Ridge, 6-3

Cedar Park, 5-4

Dripping Springs, 4-5

Marble Falls, 2-7

Vandegrift, 3-7

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