The Meadows boys basketball coach Gary Hannig knows there will be high expectations this season after returning nine lettermen and four starters from last year’s Division III state runner-up team.
His Mustangs look ready for the challenge.
Max Hisatake had 11 points, six rebounds, four steals and two blocks Thursday to lead the Mustangs to a 38-17 win over Fernley in the second game of pool play in the Lake Mead Holiday Classic at Lake Mead.
The Meadows (2-0) also beat Calvary Christian (Calif.), 70-28, earlier in the day to win its pool.
“I’m pretty happy with the way we came out and played the first two games,” Hannig said. “Effort was really good. Execution was OK. … The (full-court) pressure looked good. We rebounded the ball really well, didn’t have many turnovers. I thought we took care of the basketball and our shot selection was good.”
The Meadows used its full-court pressure in the opening minutes of the second game to storm out to a 7-0 lead against the Vaqueros.
The Mustangs, who led 23-5 at the break, forced 13 first-half turnovers.
“The first two games, we got off to a quick start,” Hannig said. “That really set the tone for each game. We created some turnovers that led to easy layups, which is always good.”
Jake Epstein led all scorers with 12 points for The Meadows. The junior also had four rebounds and two steals, and teammate Ethan Fridman added 11 points and four assists for the Mustangs, who led by as many as 23 points in the second half.
The Meadows finished with 14 steals and won the rebounding margin, 20-16.
“Overall, we played well,” Hannig said. “But each week, we’ve got to get better. We have a big goal this year. We want to advance far.”
Fernley only made four field goals in the game, and shot 14.8 percent from the field. The Vaqueros also finished with 19 turnovers.
Ethan Hunter and Tyler Roemer led Fernley with four points apiece. Ren Arroyo pulled down six boards for the Vaqueros (1-1).
The Meadows 70, Calvary Christian (Calif.) 28 — Hisatake led three double-figure scorers with 27 points as the Mustangs downed the Royal Knights.
Epstein had 14 points, and Fridman scored 10 for The Meadows, which led 37-11 at the break.
Roman Figueroa had 13 points for Calvary Chapel.
Fernley 42, Lincoln County 32 — Zach Burns had 15 points in the Vaqueros’ win over the Lynx.
Drake Howe scored 11 points, and Hunter had eight points for Fernley.
Samuel Anderson, Kevin Mathews and Derek Cox scored six points apiece for Lincoln County.
Lincoln County 45, Calvary Christian (Calif.) 35 — Cox had 12 points, and Benson Wadsworth scored 10 to lead the Lynx by the Royal Knights.
Figueroa led all scorers with 20 points for Calvary Christian.
Boulder City 59, Southern Australia 31 — Carson Balistere scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Eagles by Southern Australia.
Zach Murphy had 15 points, and Justus Greene added 12 points for Boulder City, which led 26-20 at halftime.
Dylan Olley had 13 points, and Ramzi Anria scored 12 for Southern Australia.
Boulder City 30, Word of Life 27 — Balistere scored seven of his team-high 10 points in the second half to rally Boulder City past Word of Life.
Peyton Koopman added eight points for Boulder City, which trailed 16-11 at halftime.
McCall had 12 points for Word of Life, which shot 4-for-20 (20 percent) from the free-throw line.
Word of Life 32, Lake Mead 25 — Trent McCall scored 14 points to lead Word of Life by Lake Mead.
Paul Kelker had 12 points for Word of Life, which shot 10 of 16 from the free-throw line.
Shay Rutledge led Lake Mead with 13 points.
Lake Mead 32, Southern Australia 27 — Rutledge scored 13 points to help the Eagles rally by Southern Australia.
Olley scored eight points for Southern Australia, which led 11-9 at halftime.
West Wendover 53, Calvary Chapel 40 — Zade Elton scored 12 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to help the Wolverines defeat the Lions.
Jorge Lopez had 12 points, and Luis Correa scored 10 for West Wendover, which trailed 23-20 at halftime.
Quentin Hank led Calvary Chapel with 11 points.
Spring Creek 48, Moapa Valley 29 — Logan Patton led three double-figure scorers with 12 points as the Spartans cruised by the Pirates.
Cooper Cavaness and Jake Peterson each had 11 points for Spring Creek.
Nate Cox scored 11 points for Moapa Valley.
Calvary Chapel 39, Moapa Valley 35 — Hank and Cameron Varela each scored nine points to help the Lions edge the Pirates.
Jay Mortensen scored a game-high 18 points for Moapa Valley, which trailed 21-11 at halftime.
Lincoln County 35, Boulder City 19 — Easton Tingey scored 13 points to lead the Lynx by the Eagles.
Keely Jackson added nine points and five rebounds for Lincoln County, which led 22-8 at the half.
Julia Worrall led Boulder City with five points.
Lincoln County 43, Lutheran (Calif.) 4 — Tingey had 11 points as the Lynx ran away from the Knights.
Kailey Kelley and Hannah Hafen each had eight points for Lincoln County, which grabbed a 23-2 halftime lead.
West Wendover 45, Lake Mead 10 — Sofia Luna had 14 points to help the Wolverines rout the Eagles.
Anahi Esparza added 10 points for West Wendover, which led 21-8 at the half.
Jacea Tillman led Lake Mead with four points.
Boulder City 24, Calvary Chapel 9 — Worrall and Hannah Estes each had six points, and the Eagles used an 18-3 second-half run to tame the Lions.
Malia Lee led Calvary Chapel with seven points.
Calvary Christian (Calif.) 24, The Meadows 12 — Noemi Farfan had 12 points to lead the Royal Knights by the Mustangs.
Rachel Siegel led The Meadows with six points, and teammate Marcella Peek had 11 rebounds.
Pahranagat Valley 38, Lutheran (Calif.) 3 — Madalyn Taylor had 12 points, and the Panthers grabbed a 27-0 halftime lead and routed the Knights.
Gracie Carter added nine points for Pahranagat Valley.
Calvary Chapel 36, Foothills Christian (Calif.) 12 — Sara Hernandez had nine pints as the Lions topped the Knights.
Kaitlin Harris added eight points for Calvary Chapel.
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