Hawks pull away in 2nd half against Mustangs

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater’s defense was able to keep the Mustangs close to Wall through the first half of the teams’ non-district basketball game here Tuesday.
The Hawks began the second half on a 9-0 run, though, in beating Sweetwater 54-30 at Mustang Gym.
Wall, up 16-11 at halftime, outscored the Mustangs 16-7 in the third period for a 32-18 lead and began the fourth on a 15-0 run, en route to dropping Sweetwater to 0-3 for the season. The Mustangs were held scoreless for over 8 1/2 minutes during the second half before Daiman Atkins hit a 3-pointer to end the drought with 2:47 left in the contest.
“We’ve got to find our offensive game,” coach Kevin J. Wright said. “I thought our defense was great in the first half. We just have to score.”
Sweetwater’s top scorers were non-starters — Darian Carr with seven points and Atkins with six. Jaden Hernandez and Tony Padilla scored four, Logan Wedin three and Jon Davis, Jackson Foster and Tristan Morrow two.
Baylor Halfmann led Wall with 18 points, all on 3-pointers.
Sweetwater returns to action Thursday to play at a tournament in Lamesa through Saturday, and then is back home next Tuesday to host Clyde.