Mustangs can secure spot in spite of break from 5-4A

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Sweetwater boys basketball team gets a break from District 5-4A today, though it has scheduled a non-district game Saturday.
However, the Mustangs may not have to wait another day to learn if they make the playoffs. A win today by Snyder (2-4) over Big Spring (1-5) secures a spot for Sweetwater, which is 3-4 in District 5-4A.
Despite losing at Wylie 73-48 on Tuesday to wrap up their regular season, the Sweetwater girls are in the playoffs as the No. 4 seed from District 5-4A.
However, the Sweetwater boys still have a chance to advance as either the No. 2, No. 3 or No. 4 team depending on what happens today — Brownwood (4-2) will go to first-place Wylie (6-0) in the district’s other contest — and what happens next Tuesday. To earn the No. 2 berth, Sweetwater will need Brownwood to lose against Wylie today and then win at Brownwood Tuesday. That would leave Brownwood and Sweetwater 4-4, but the Mustangs would get the No. 2 nod by virtue of having two wins over Brownwood. Tiebreakers will be needed for Snyder and Big Spring, though, if Sweetwater loses to Brownwood and the Tigers or Steers finish 3-5.
The Mustangs, who also lost at Wylie on Tuesday, will go to New Home for an 8 p.m. game Saturday against Happy, a Class 1A team. Also, Sweetwater has scheduled a game in Clyde on Feb. 17 with Ballinger.