Marble Falls spreading scoring
November 27, 2013, 10:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls basketball team is learning how to spread the scoring around in the early going this season.
Senior J.T. Watson is the latest to acquire the hot-hand after a 17-point outburst Tuesday afternoon in Marble Falls’ 61-54 win over Wimberley at Max Copeland Gym.
The Mustangs squeezed in back-to-back wins over Fredericksburg and Wimberley on Monday and Tuesday before taking their holiday break.
Watson made five 3-pointers, including three in the first half of Tuesday’s win over the Texans. His most dramatic show came at the third quarter buzzer when he caught and inbounds pass in the air and flung the ball in for a 48-32 lead. There was 0.55 seconds left when the Mustangs inbounded the ball.
"He was kind of down after Monday’s game,’’ Marble Falls coach Neil Laminack said. "I got with him and suggested a couple of things on his shot. He came out here spent a lot of extra time after the morning shoot around and it helped. It was great to get that production out of him. That’s the way this team is, somebody different stepping up when we need it.’’
Watson, one of a multitude of guards for the Mustangs, was able to hit the outside shots on kick out passes from his teammates. The key was a smooth release point on the shot. The senior followed the fundamentals to perfection, getting his feet set, squaring up and launching in rhythm with a good follow through.
"I hadn’t been in the gym much since coming from football, so I was worked on my shot a little bit,’’ Watson said. "I needed to work on my follow through and it helped.’’
Watson said his alley oop play hadn’t been rehearsed. It wasn’t something he works on, it was just a athlete making a play.
The Mustangs finished with eight 3-pointers to one for the Texans.
Junior Travis Walker started the outside shooting with a connection from the right wing for an early 7-2 lead at the 5:35 mark of the first quarter.
Watson made his first 3-pointer with 2:24 for a 13-10 lead. His second trey with 13 seconds left in the first gave the Mustangs an 18-12 lead.
The Mustangs controlled the tempo and had 10 players score.
Ben Stripling was solid with 16 points, working both inside and out for his points.
The Mustangs built a 48-32 lead entering the final quarter. Wimberley whittled away at the lead, outscoring the Mustangs 22-14 in the fourth quarter.
Stripling had nine of his points in the second half.
Other top Mustang scorers were Cody Seelig with seven, Jordan Wright six and Walker five points.
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