SW, Big Spring break tie today

February 8, 2013

Head coach Al Miller talks with his players during a game from earlier in the season. Sweetwater will make the playoffs with a victory over Big Spring today. (Photo by Ron Howell)

There are several things Sweetwater must do today vs. Big Spring in order to realize its dream of making the playoffs and ending a long drought, says Lady Mustang coach Al Miller.
“We talked about having low turnovers and managing the game like we’re supposed to. Not letting them have wide-open 3s. Taking care of the ball and giving them one shot on offense.”
If Sweetwater had done a better job in just a couple of those areas the last time the teams played each other, today’s third-place district tiebreaker between two teams with 5-5 records wouldn’t be necessary.
Instead, Big Spring came away with a 41-40 overtime win and both teams are tied for third place. They ended the regular season with losses; Sweetwater fell to first-place Wylie 79-34 while Big Spring was edged by No. 2 Greenwood 44-39.
If Sweetwater (19-14 overall) wins today’s tiebreaker over Big Spring, it will face Fort Stockton next Tuesday in bi-district at Sonora High School at 6:30 p.m.
The only suspense in the 4-3A boys race involves the battle for second place between Monahans (6-2) and Greenwood (5-3).
But Sweetwater (2-6) can knock Big Spring (3-5) out of playoff contention with a win over the Steers today in their 7:30 p.m. contest that will be in Big Spring.
In order to have a post-season shot, Big Spring must get wins in its last two games while Greenwood loses its last two.
The Mustangs are 13-13 for the season after losing to first-place Wylie 78-39 on Tuesday while Big Spring upset Greenwood, 61-59.
After playing its final road game today, Sweetwater returns home to entertain Greenwood on Tuesday in what will be its final game of the 2012-13 season.

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