MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team geared up for this coming Tuesday night's battle at LaSalle with a victory over Lyle this past Friday.
The Vikings had a relatively easy time with Lyle at home Friday night, winning 66-34.
"We kept up our intensity for the entire game," said Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood.
About the only bright spot for the Cougars came in the first quarter, when they stuck right with Mabton. The Vikings won the period 20-15.
But that would be it for the Cougar highlight reel. As soon as Mabton went to a full-court press defense in the second quarter the game was basically over.
"It really caused them a lot of problems," said Ledgerwood. "Once we got three or four steals they couldn't get back into the game at all."
Alex Zavala caught fire Friday night for the Vikings, scoring a game-high 28 points. Zavala had 13 of his 28 points in the second quarter. He also had two 3-pointers in the first quarter.
"They ran a match-up zone and he was able to attack it," said Ledgerwood.
Mabton put Lyle away with a 27-3 run in the second quarter.
The Vikings posted a 14-4 third quarter. Lyle took the final frame 12-5.
Kalvin Kernan scored 10 of his 19 points for Lyle in the fourth quarter.
A.J. Valencia also had 15 points for the Vikings. Andy Rodriguez dumped in 8 and Ryan Harris finished with 7 points.
Zavala was the high man on the glass with eight rebounds. Rodriguez snagged seven boards and Harris finished with six. Ricardo Mejia also had five rebounds.
Pedro Huecias recorded seven assists for Mabton. Valencia had seven steals.
The Vikings (6-1, 13-1), currently ranked fourth in the Associated Press state basketball polls, plays at LaSalle Tuesday night.
"It will be a tough one up there," said Ledgerwood.