Knowing that a rematch lied just around the corner in North Central Missouri Conference action today on the road, the Mexico varsity boy's basketball team squared off with Moberly on Friday in the consolation championship game of the Macon Tournament.
The problem for the Bulldogs in this contest was that the Spartans came out trying to establish early control and found some success. But, because Tyler Spargo came through with 16 points and two rebounds for the contest that Jai Lawson backed up with 14 points and three rebounds, Mexico was able to take the lead back by halftime on it way to beating Moberly 70-58.
"I thought the difference in this game was how we defended and held Moberly to one shot and out on several possessions. Our kids seem to follow our game plan and scouting report, which also was a key," said coach Darren Pappas. "We were balanced in scoring and that is accredited to guys playing unselfish basketball. We really seemed to find the open man when Moberly pressured us."
After ending the first quarter down 17-14, Mexico did its best to harness the efforts of Jonathon Grubb Cole Whalen and Zach Watkins, who had 14 points and seven rebounds and nine points each, respectively, to turn the tides to take a 37-32 advantage at the break. The Bulldogs then extended that advantage to 54-46 at the end of the third on its way to winning by 12.
"Our bench play came up big and all contributed in this win," Pappas said. "I am overall pleased with our performance, but wre can’t be satisfied as we have to play them again at Moberly on Tuesday and I know Coach Hagedorn will make adjustments."
Mexico, 10-7 overall, 3-2 NCMC, is at Boonville on Friday.