WAXAHACHIE — With one powerful dunk along the baseline, Joshua Sanders gave the Mustangs all of the momentum they would need on the way to a drumming of visiting Glen Rose. Justin Nimmer then tomahawked home an alley-oop and any doubt of what was to transpire over the next three quarters vanished as quickly as the ball passed through the twine.
Life Waxahachie, which still has a legitimate shot at a District 8-4A crown and entered the week No. 22 in the TABC 4A poll, handled business Friday evening on its home court to the tune of a 64-33 win. The win was also the 20th of the season for the Mustangs who have now crossed the 20-win threshold in each of the last seven seasons dating back to 2010-11.
The Mustangs raced, or jumped rather, out to a 24-2 first-quarter lead behind several high-flying baskets in transition. By the 2:18 mark in the second quarter, the lead ballooned to 34-8, just a few possession before the Runnin’ Tigers finally crossed the double-digit plateau.
With the landslide already underway, (20-7, 5-1) Life Waxahachie Head Coach Eddie Berumen was afforded the luxury of exhausting his bench and running several lineups onto the court in the second half. The freedom to substitute allowed key starters to rest down the stretch, while giving 10 Mustangs a chance to add their name to the scoring column.
Point guard Daniel Nguyen, behind three buckets from beyond the arc, matched Glen Rose point guard Kelton Bernard for a game-high 13 points. Nguyen scored 11 points during the 24-point first quarter for the Mustangs.
Joshua Sanders notched 10 of his 12 points in the first half, Nimmer scored eight of his 12 in the second quarter, and Robin White finished with 11 points after his six points in the first quarter.
Mason Mathers added four points, while Tavon Spears and Bryan Moreland added three, David Thompson, Armani Holmes scored two, and Lyndon Williams split a free-throw trip for one point, respectively.
The Mustangs were whistled just eight times on the night with two coming in the first half, while the Runnin’ Tigers committed 18 fouls.
Outside of Bernard's 13 fourth-quarter, Logan Thames added six points, Ethan Hartman accounted for five points, Weston Rynders scored four points, Dietrick James added three points, and Adrian Lewis rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Mustangs begin the second half of District 8-4A action Tuesday evening in Venus, who Berumen and company defeated 81-40 on Dec. 20. If the rest of the games play out as they did in the first half, the District 8-4A championship could be decided Friday, Jan. 27 in Waxahachie against (22-4, 6-0) No. 12 Midlothian Heritage.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith