MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School boys basketball team earned two victories on back-to-back nights to even its season record at 2-2.
The Mustangs defeated Wimberley 61-54 on Nov. 26 and Fredericksburg 69-61 on Nov. 25.
“Definitely will be easier to enjoy the holiday,” Mustangs head coach Neil Laminack said. “It is nice that different guys can step up when we need them to.”
Against Wimberley, the Mustangs raced to an 18-12 lead that went to 31-23 at the half and 47-32 after three periods.
Senior guard J.T. Watson led the way. He hit five 3-pointers during the contest.
“We tried to change two things on his shot … and he said he couldn’t do one of them, so we compromised on one,” Laminack said. “He has been staying after school the last few weeks to get extra shots in.”
A strong fourth period against Fredericksburg allowed Marble Falls to earn its first win of the season. Frederickburg led 49-45, but Marble Falls dropped in 24 points en route to the victory. The Mustangs nailed late free throws to seal the win.
Senior forward Ben Stripling was consistent during the past two contests. Laminack said Stripling has been diligent for months in improving his game.
“A lot of time in the weight room this summer,” he said. “He is much tougher this year.”
In addition, senior point guards Aidin Parnell and Zuri Buchanan, who also played football during the fall, have been distributing the ball well and getting many teammates involved, Laminack said.
“(They’ve been) very solid and steady at the point guard spot,” he said.
AGAINST WIMBERLEY: points –J.T. Watson 17, Ben Stripling 16
AGAINST FREDERICKSBURG:points – Danny Rivara 20, Stripling 20
RECORDS: Marble Falls is 2-2.
UP NEXT: 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Marble Falls at Burnet, 1000 The Green Mile in Burnet