ROCK SPRINGS – It was all the host team Friday as the Mustangs opened the Western Wyoming Classic in dominating fashion beating Eastern Wyoming, 88-72.
For the second weekend in a row, Rushmore Floor played host to a tournament. After sweeping the Mustang Invitation last weekend, the WWCC men returned to open the Western Wyoming Classic Friday night. The Mustangs have looked good of late winning its last three including a win against Colorado Northwestern on Tuesday.
The Lancers of Eastern Wyoming have struggled early as they entered Friday’s game with only two wins on the season.
Defense led to offense as Western jumped out quickly. The Mustangs used pressure for most of the first half which had the Lancers off balance from the beginning. Callum Lawson has been hot the past couple of games and continued on Friday. His bucket at the ten-minute mark of the first half had Western up, 26-11.
A variety of Mustangs put points on the board before the break including Tyrell Isaacs, Cole Huish and Tayler Marteliz. The Lancers hit several threes in the final three minutes but a three by Joshua Fearing right before the half had WWCC up 56-31.
The Mustangs let up on the defensive side a bit to start the second half but Western’s size continued to bother Eastern in the second. Despite WWCC only scoring 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, Eastern was not able to cut into the lead.
Isaacs finally got the Mustangs offense rolling again as back-to-back threes had the Mustangs up 72 -47 heading down the stretch. Eastern continued to fire away and were able to connect on threes late but it was too little, too late as Western opened with the 88-72 win.
The Mustangs continue the Western Wyoming Classic on Saturday as they are scheduled to face Rexburg United at 4 p.m. This is the second time this season the two teams have squared off against each other. The Mustangs defeated the BYU-Idaho affiliate at the First Bank of Wyoming Classic in Powell, 88-63.