Mustangs triumph over East after taking O’Brady title at South
Star staff report
The Chugiak Mustangs toppled conference rival and powerhouse Anchorage East High 58-46 on Monday night in front of an electrified home crowd.
It was the first time in four years for the Mustangs to defeat East, which has a student population double the size of Chugiak’s. The Mustangs now sit at 9-3 overall and 2-1 for the Cook Inlet Conference.
Despite playing 10 games in the last 12 days, the Mustangs drove the pace throughout the night and challenged East’s defense with stellar passing and teamwork.
The team executed their strategy of slowing down East point guard Di Quez Esau and had a team effort with scoring, as their top three scorers were Josh Wilson with 13 points, Derryk Snell with 13 points, and Tyler Trevino with 11 points.
“We definitely showed what we can do and we just have to keep this tempo up the entire season,” said Chugiak power forward Derryk Snell.
The victory was four years in the making for seniors on the Chugiak team who had been “crushed” by the T-Birds numerous times throughout their high school careers.
“We have a motto on our shirts that says ‘Sweat Equity’, which represents all the work we have put in over four years to start reaching some of the benefits of our work,” said Mustangs Coach Sconiers. “To see all that work manifest itself in our season has been rewarding.”
Sconiers believes there is plenty of room to improve with the team’s defense and free-throw shooting after a 44 percent night at the free throw line.
“The season has a long way to go and I want our guys to stay as hungry as they are now,” he said.
The Mustangs will host Dimond High School on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Mustangs triumph at South tourney
Chugiak rolled to a three-day victory at South Anchorage High and captured the O’Brady Tournament title after Hunter Harr shot his teammates past Ketchikan with 28 points on 10 of 13 from the field and 7 of 8 tries from three-point range.
Lady Mustangs stumble versus East
The Lady Mustangs fell 50-53 after losing a six-point lead in the closing minutes against East High on Monday.
The loss drops Chugiak to 5-3 for the season and 2-1 within the Cook Inlet Conference.
The Mustangs struggled in the first half with giving up possessions against the T-Bird’s full-court press and down by seven at the half. They came out fighting in the second half, taking the lead when Chasity Selden-Horn hit an early three-pointer that sparked an offensive drive.
“I think all in all we controlled the game and what was happening, but near the end we lost control of what should have been happening as far as our turnovers and panicking with the ball,” Selden-Horn said.
Patricia Houser also had a strong showing by making her presence felt with rebounds, hitting three-pointers and defending the T-bird’s Azaria Robinson.
The Lady Mustangs put up six three-pointers, three of which were in the third quarter when they scored 21 points. The Mustangs’ top scorers were Selden-Horn at 18, Layla Bean with 8, and Eva Palmer with 6.
Mustangs coach Ryan Hales said his team played hard but mental lapses near the end cost them the lead.
“We need to be able to finish games and that’s just part of being young and not knowing how to finish games,” he said. “It wasn’t East that beat us tonight,” Coach Hales said. “We beat ourselves. We need to learn from that and move forward.”
The Mustangs will host Dimond High School on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m.