The Mabton boys basketball team hosted Trout Lake/Glenwood this past Friday night, winning 67-27.
Trout Lake/Glenwood turned the ball over 26 times to Mabton's seven. The Vikings out rebounded the Mustangs 37-21.
"For the first time this year we played with a high amount of intensity for the full 32 minutes," Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood said. "We really stepped up our game defensively, forcing Trout Lake/Glenwood into numerous turnovers and low percentage shots."
Andy Rodriguez led the Vikings with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Alex Zavala added 13 points. Ruben Mejia had 9 points and Luis Quintero added 8 points and 9 rebounds.
"Enrique Huecias and Quintero stepped in and played extremely good minutes for us," Ledgerwood said.
Huecias had 6 points.
In the second game Mabton played this past weekend, the Vikings traveled to take on the LaSalle Lightning, winning 57-48.
The Vikings only managed to shoot 33 percent from the floor but LaSalle was even worse at 28 percent. Mabton was a miserable 1-for-13 from the 3-point arc but again, LaSalle wasn't much better, shooting 2-for-10.
Turnovers were pretty even for both sides, Mabton had 18 while LaSalle had 17. The difference was in the rebounding. Mabton pulled down 46 to LaSalle's 33.
"Give LaSalle credit," Ledgerwood said. "They did a great job defensively. It is always tough to play at Queens Gym and their defensive effort made it even tougher."
Andy Rodriguez again led the Vikings with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 steals. Alex Zalvala followed with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Eric Tellez added 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds too.
"Andy Rodriguez really stepped up his game this weekend," Ledgerwood said. "His performance on both ends of the court and on the boards were outstanding."
Mabton (4-0, 9-2) travels to play Riverside this coming Friday night and will host Sunnyside Christian on Saturday night.
"We must keep up our intensity and team defense in order to compete this coming weekend with Riverside and Sunnyside," Ledgerwood said. "Most people have those two tabbed as the front runners in our league. Our kids need to step up our play and get better every night out if we want to have a say in who ends up on top in February."
The Dec. 20 game with Stevenson that was canceled has been rescheduled. The game will be played Saturday, Jan. 28, at Stevenson at 6 p.m.