HYRUM – Five games in seven days with only a six man rotation finally got the best of the Mustangs in the fourth quarter against Woods Cross. Entering the final period, Mountain Crest was only down two points but got out scored 21-10 as smart offensive plays became rushed missed baskets and patient defense turned in to fouls.
After 20 plus turnovers Tuesday night against Timpanogos, the Mustangs played a mostly clean game for the first three quarters against Woods Cross and kept it tight; down three at half and two after the third quarter. But in the fourth the inside-out game from the Wildcats was too much.
Forward Tyler Roberts went to the line six times in the final quarter, 10 times for the night, and scored six of his 17 total points. This opened things up for the Wildcats’ leading scorer Jake Howe, who was averaging over five made threes a night. He only made one from deep going in the fourth quarter but found some open space to make three more and score 11 of his 22 points.
Four of the five Mountain Crest starters were in double figures but those were the only five players to score for the Mustangs. Senior Matthew Barber lead the way with 17 and Kordell Welch and Austin Young each had 12. It was a good bounce back from Young and Barber who combined for only nine points the night before but still not enough offense.
Mountain Crest has been out scored in the fourth quarter in every loss this season and doubled up three times. The Mustangs are minus 35 over the last three games and losing the fourth quarter by almost seven points a night. In the back-to-back games against Timpanogos and Woods Cross, Coach Kevin Anderson played only six players. Early season starter Caleb Archibald hasn’t played since the Bingham game he started in. The compact schedule doesn’t stop either as the team goes on the road Friday to take on Judge Memorial.
Mountain Crest (1-6)
Woods Cross (5-1)