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By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

Mustangs earn spot in Northern B

 

February 13, 2019

Pierre Bibbs

Senior Rhett Simanton directs offense during an earlier game in Malta.

The Malta Mustangs have quenched a berth into the 2019 Northern B Divisional to be held on Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Shelby.

Before the Mustangs compete in the Northern B, they will have to compete in the District 2B Tourney this weekend in Glasgow from Thursday, February 14 through Saturday, February 16.

Malta will face the Wolf Point Wolves who are 11-7 and 6-2 in the district. The Wolves are the second seed in this weekend's tournament. The semi-final game starts at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 15.

Wolf Point has defeated Malta twice this season, but the Mustangs showed a lot of improvement in their second meeting.

"We closed the gap a lot and we were pretty competitive that last time at home," Mustangs Head Coach David Costin said. "For us, it's limiting turnovers against Wolf Point and we need to take care of the defensive boards. Those are probably the two areas we kind of shot ourselves in the foot both times we played them."

Wolf Point recently lost to Glasgow, who is the tournament's fifth seed. Glasgow defeated Wolf Point 48-42 on Thursday, February 9. Wolf Point also lost 59-51 to 3C's Scobey Spartans. The Wolves are currently on a three-game losing streak.

Glasgow and Harlem will square off in a play-in game to open the District 2B Tournament on Thursday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m. The winner of that game will face Poplar who is the top seed in the event in a semi-final game.

Should Malta defeat Wolf Point in their semi-final game, the Mustangs will likely face Poplar in the championship. Poplar is 7-1 in 2B district games and 16-3 overall.

Malta defeated the Glasgow Scotties last Friday, February 8, in Malta. Tanner Smith led the charge with 15 points. Kevin Henry had 10 points, Rhett Simanton and Kooper Oxarart had eight points each. Ben Costin had six points and Kaden Bergos and Cormac Benn had two points each.

Glasgow jumped out to a 15-10 lead over Malta in the first period. Malta responded better in the second quarter, outscoring Glasgow 8-4. the score at halftime was 19-18 in favor of Glasgow. Malta would tie things up in the third outscoring Glasgow 14-13. The end of the third quarter score was 32-32. Malta then outscored Glasgow 19-12 in the fourth quarter.

"This win kept us out of the Thursday night game this week so it was a big deal," Coach Costin said. "That was the real positive to it because we know we are going to divisionals now."

Coach Costin was unable to attend the game due to a leg injury, but Assistant Coach Travis Somerfeld took over coaching responsibilities that night. Coach Costin will be available to coach for the 2B District tournament and the remainder of Malta's postseason.

 

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