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The Mansfield Tigers had a two game week before taking Thanksgiving Break.

On Monday (11/22), the Tigers played the Hackett Hornets at Tiger Gymnasium. Mansfield raced out to a 13-5 lead in the first quarter knocking down three 3-pointers from, Ethan Pettus (2) and Clint Stovall to start the game. Tyler Escalante and Dakota Langford would add a pair of baskets in the lane.

With 6 seconds left in the opening frame, Cash Oliver would get a steal for the Hornets and cut the margin to 13-7. Mansfield came out with the same intensity in the 2nd quarter and maintained their 8 pt lead through most of the quarter.

With the score 26-18, the Hornets would use a 4-0 run to end the half and make the score 26-22. The Tigers went on a 7 minute scoring drought that started in the second quarter and made its way in the third. The Hornets would use that drought to go on a 14-1 run. With 1:45 to play in the third quarter, Clint Stovall would hit the lone FG of the quarter with a 3-point basket to cut the Hornets lead to 2, 30-32. A three-pointer by Slavens would extend the lead to 5, but Peyton Martin would knock down two free throws to make the end of the third, 35-32 Hornets.

With 7:10 to go in the game, Tyler Escalante hit a three off a ball screen to tie the game up. This would be as close as the Tigers would get as the Hornets would outscore the Tigers 17-6 throughout the last seven minutes.

Coach Brown stated “We started out shooting the ball well in the first half. We were right at 50% and we didn’t turn the ball over much. The second half we only made four shots from the field. We were 17% from the field in the second half. We have had some really good performances for a half. We have to put it all together for complete games. This group is very capable.”

The Tigers were led in scoring by Ethan Pettus with 16 and Clint Stovall with 10. Cash Oliver led the Hornets with a game-high, 20.

Mansfield: Pettus (16), Stovall (10), Escalante (7), Martin (4), Langford (2), Dugan (1), Byers (1)
Hackett: Oliver (20), Fisher (7), Eli Slavens (7), Ethan Slavens (7), Hester (6), Ketchum (3)

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Clint Stovall sets up for a three-point shot

The Mansfield Tigers travelled to Havana to take on the Western Yell County Wolverines on Tuesday night. Travis Tobey got the scoring going for the Tigers with a three-point basket but the Tigers would only get one more field goal in the quarter and trail 5-6 at the end of the 1st.

Greyson Baggett would hit a three to start the scoring in the second quarter and give the Tigers an 8-6 lead. Langford would add a two point basket to give the Tigers a 10-6 lead. The Tigers and Wolverines would trade baskets for the remainder of the quarter and take a 15-13 lead into the half. Clint Stovall and Zayne Dugan would each score two baskets for the Tigers in the 3rd, Stovall with two 3-pointers and Dugan with two post moves inside. The Tigers would take a 25-19 advantage into the 4th.

The Tigers would outscore the Wolverines 14-7 in the 4th quarter to bring home the 39-26 road win.

“We didn’t shoot the ball extremely well, but we played some pretty good defense” stated Brown.

Mansfield was led in scoring by Ethan Pettus who had 10 points. Buckman scored 14 for the Wolverines.

Mansfield: Pettus (10), Stovall (6), Dugan (6), Escalante (5), Byers (4), Baggett (3), Tobey (3),
Elmore (2)
West Yell County: Buckman (14), Vekman (7), Hernandez (5)

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