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By James McAfee
STAMFORD—The Munday Moguls, runners up in District 16-1A, saw their basketball season come to end here Friday night at the Stamford High School gym, losing 53-48 in overtime to the Aspermont Hornets, the District 15-1A No. 3 seed.
“We had two good looks late, but they didn’t fall,” said Coach Adrian Daniel. The Hornets then missed two free throws, sending game to overtime tied at 47.
The Hornets outscored the Moguls 6-1 in the extra period to advance to play Eula in the area round.
“Aspermont shot the ball well from three and made some tough shots down the stretch, and that was the difference in the game,” Daniel said.
The Moguls got off to a bad start, trailing 11-4 after one quarter, but rebounded with a 19-7 cushion in the second quarter for a 23-18 halftime lead. The game went back and forth the rest of the way with the Moguls taking the lead with a minute to go only to see the Hornets tie it with a timely free throw.
“We knew coming into the game we needed to make some shots and rebound, and we just couldn’t make shots,” Daniel added. “We were out of rhythm from the start, missing open shots and also struggling from the free throw line…shooting 30 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free throw line.”
Sophomore Bryson Wilson led the Moguls in scoring against Aspermont with 24 points.
“I want to say how proud I am of the boys I coached this season,” Daniel added. “They played hard all year long. We had some great moments and also bad ones, but it was a great year finishing 13-10 and making our third trip to the playoffs in my tenure here.”
Daniel feels the Moguls should have high hopes of making the playoffs next season as he loses only two seniors, Kelton Carver and Angel Marmolejo.
“We will bring back 13 guys from our JV and varsity teams, so we still have enough firepower to make a run at it again next year,” he said.