The North Central Missouri Conference had two stops left for the Mexico varsity boys basketball team before it could call the 2017-18 regular season complete, the first of which was at Hannibal on Tuesday.

The way Tyler Spargo reacted for the Bulldogs with 19 points and a rebound it was as though he didn't want his senior season to end. But, the way the Pirates jumped out to leads of 21-18 at the end of the first quarter and 34-24 at halftime, the momentum was clearly leaning towards the opposition.

After the break Mexico tried to adjust but its grasp on the game only became more tentative as Hannibal increased its lead to 53-41 at the end of the third before pulling away for this 20-point NCMC victory.

"Turnovers and rebounds were the difference in the ball game. We turned the ball over way too much and Hannibal capitalized on our mistakes," said coach Darren Pappas. "Their bigs kept us off the glass on both ends pretty much the entire night which gave them additional offensive opportunities. We did hold their leading scorer below his season average, but others around him stepped up their game. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and hopefully learn from our mistakes as we prepare for Fulton on Friday."

Jai Lawson also came through for the Bulldogs with 11 points and a steal.