Cowboys continue fast start to season with 53-34 win



McMullen County’s Shawn Heritage drives toward the basket during the Cowboys game against Knippa last week. STEPHEN WHITAKER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

McMullen County’s Shawn Heritage drives toward the basket during the Cowboys game against Knippa last week. STEPHEN WHITAKER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

McMullen County’s Cowboy basketball team returned home this past Friday night to host the Knippa Rock Crushers. McMullen entered the game having started the season 3-0 and outscoring Waelder, Nordheim and Corpus Christi John Paul II 213-125.

Knippa entered the game with an 0-3 record. In the early going the Rock Crushers gave the appearance that they would hang around with the Cowboys as the game was close in the early moments of the first quarter. McMullen was still able to take the lead in the first quarter and didn’t give it up on their way to a 53-34 win over Knippa.

“I thought we did a really good job on defense, holding them to 34 points,” McMullen County Head Coach Jeremy Mills said. “The shots weren’t falling in the half court offense, but our defense created a lot of easy scoring opportunities.”

McMullen took an 11-6 lead into the second quarter and then added to that lead in the second quarter to take a 25-11 lead as the game went to halftime.

“We had a slow start, but as the game went on we got better,” Isaiah Billingsley said.

In the third quarter the Cowboys pushed their lead out even farther and went into the fourth quarter leading 49-27. Knippa actually outscored McMullen County 7-4 in the fourth quarter, but by then the game had already been decided.

“It’s always good to get a win at home,” Shawn Heritage said. “We could feel the energy of the crowd tonight.”

McMullen County kept the win streak going on Monday when they defeated Victoria West 87-59. The Cowboys led throughout the game to improve to 5-0 on the season.

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