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Vikings tame Cougars, look ahead to LaSalle

LYLE - The Mabton boys basketball team continued its march to the District tournament last Friday with a 57-26 win over the Lyle Cougars.

"We played the whole game with very intense defense," Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood said.

The Vikings used a strong inside game in the first quarter to open a 12-6. "We were able to attack their zone," Ledgerwood said.

In the second quarter Lyle made some adjustments to stop Mabton's inside game but that just opened up the outside and Mabton started draining 3's.

The Vikings hit four 3-pointers in the quarter to open up a 28-16 lead by halftime.

"We were patient and got some good looks," Ledgerwood added.

In the third quarter the Vikings' defense really picked up while holding the Cougars to just 4 points. The team had a desire to put them away and not let them stick around, Ledgerwood said.

With a 42-20 lead to start the fourth quarter, Mabton used its bench to keep its players fresh and to give the younger players some experience.

"We were able to go deep with our bench, which helped us a lot," Ledgerwood said. "No matter who we put in the game they were able to keep up our intensity and keep working on the things we wanted to do. Our JV players did very well."

Mabton out rebounded the Cougars 33 to 14 and turned the ball over only 11 times while Lyle managed to give the ball up 22 times.

The Vikings were 5-for-6 from the free throw line and shot 40 percent (23-for-57) from the field. "It's good to see us dominate those stats," Ledgerwood said.

Eric Tellez led the Vikings with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Alex Zavala also had 15 points with 5 rebounds and Andy Rodriguez added 7 points with 4 assists.

"Lyle played hard and if we see them in districts I'm sure it will be a tougher game," Ledgerwood added.

Mabton (6-1, 11-3) hosts LaSalle tomorrow night, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

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