Bells hands Chisum second loss of season at Mustang Gymnasium
The Chisum Mustangs basketball team entered Tuesday’s home court matchup against the Bells Panthers with plenty of wins between the two teams so far this season. The Mustangs and Panthers had a combined record of 20-1 coming into this game — Chisum came in with a 12-1 record, while the Panthers sported an undefeated mark at 8-0. When the two teams met, the Panthers pulled away in the fourth quarter and handed Chisum its second loss of the year by a final score of 56-45.
The game itself was competitive from the opening tip. Bells and Chisum exchanged blows in the early going, but neither team could gain separation. Mustangs’ junior guard Evan Wood drove to the basket and finished at the rim with 5:30 left, then he followed that up with two free throws on a one-and-one opportunity to give Chisum a 21-20 lead with under five minutes before intermission.
After that, Bells gained some momentum back by recording a steal-and-score on back-to-back possessions. Bells held a 24-21 lead with 3:59 left in the second quarter and Chisum head coach Brian Temple called a timeout to regroup with the team. Junior point guard Keaston Lawrence drew a foul and knocked down two free throws with 3:39 left to cut the deficit to 24-23. Despite Chisum’s continued fight, though, Bells seemed to always have an answer.
The Panthers closed the half on an 11-4 run after Lawrence’s two free throws to take a 35-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Mustangs trimmed the Panthers’ advantage to 37-30 with 4:39 left in the third quarter after Lawrence was able to score on the fast break, but Bells responded with back-to-back 3-pointers and eventually took a 45-32 lead into the fourth quarter. Chisum was able to keep it interesting in the final quarter of regulation with strong offense early in the quarter and quality defensive plays throughout. However, Bells was able to fend off the Mustangs and held on for the 11-point win to remain unbeaten at 9-0.
Wood led Chisum with a team-high 19 points while Lawrence had 15 points and used crafty ball-handling to penetrate the painted area routinely. Worm Price added 9 points while both Levi Weems and Rylan Boutwell scored 1 point apiece. Junior guard Jett Petkus contributed to the cause and showed his versatility and grit with consistent hustle, effort, defense, and rebounding during the contest despite not scoring. Tanner Carter led Bells with a game-high 21 points.
The Mustangs (12-2) will play again at 5 p.m. Saturday against their district rival Prairiland Patriots in Pattonville. For more sports coverage, click here.