Boys Varsity Basketball · Boys Varsity Basketball falls to Pearsall 67 – 46

67 Pearsall High School
46 Natalia High School
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Pearsall High School vs Natalia High School
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1 24   10
2 16   15
3 22   8
4 5   13

On Friday the Mustangs traveled to Pearsall for the first of 2 road games in as many days. Pearsall jumped out to a quick 24-10 lead in the first quarter with their full court pressure defense combined with Natalia being in early foul trouble with 10 fouls called against them in the first quarter. The Mustangs were able to find a rhythm in the second quarter as they used good ball movement to break the Pearsall defense down that led to some easy scoring opportunities. Natalia would be outscored 16-15 in the 2nd quarter as they trailed 40-25 entering halftime. Natalia’s first offensive possession of the 2nd half resulted in a turnover and Pearsall took advantage as they outscored Natalia 22-8 in the 3rd quarter to take a commanding 52-31 lead into the 4th quarter. Natalia outscored Pearsall 13-5 in the 4th quarter but it wasn’t enough as Pearsall took the win by a score of 67-46. “We struggled once again to value possessions¬†and turned the ball over 29 times that led to 26 points for Pearsall. We had a lot of success when we shared the ball and moved it around to break down their defense but we can’t just do it at times, we need to do it all the time. The kids played extremely hard, we just have to execute at a higher rate. Pearsall is a really athletic team and if you give them too many chances they will beat you.”

Fabian Ruiz – 14 points, 8 rebounds
Jared Stallworth – 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals
David Silva – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists