Firebird boys have no answer for Mustangs

J. Reed Anderson, DLJ GM
Grant Nelson rejects a first half layup by Zach Westphal.

It was a long, very long, forty minutes of basketball for the Devils Lake Firebirds boys last night.They just had no answer for the shooting and quickness of the West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs.They got on the board first with two, and the closest the game ever got was when the Mustangs went up 4-2.

The Mustangs opened with an 18-0 run, and had a total run of 27-6 when, at 8:46, the Firebirds called a full timeout to try and regroup.Turnovers killed the Firebirds.And the Mustangs always had someone sprinting down court behind the Firebird defense ready to take the pass to the house.

And when the Mustangs were stopped from the paint, Christian Kuntz or Zach Westphal caught nothing but net, sometimes from way behind the arc.In fact, it was a surprise the few times Westphal missed.

Firebird Jacob Greene did push hard through the lane for the hoop, but more often than not, the Firebird offense pulled up short and was content to work the ball back outside, and then the Mustangs would force a turnover, and have someone racing down court on the break and an easy two.Wash, rinse, repeat.

There was just no answer to the impenetrable Mustang defense, and no stopping their run and gun offense.Westphal, again, even made threading the Firebird defense look easy he was that fast.

It was a long night for the Firebirds.They did hit 60 on a Spencer Frith drive, and then 62 on a Parker Hanson drive.The Mustangs sat their starters around the three minute mark, and it was Ryan Reynolds who put them over 100 with less than a minute in the game.The Mustangs won 101-62.