By Kate Sinsel
No matter what the Mustangs seemed to do in the first quarter, Gibbon just would not go away. Although Silver Lake’s offense generated many scoring opportunities to put 16 points on the board, the Buffaloes managed to answer every possession with a score of their own, racking up 15 points to make it a one-point game after the first quarter. After that first quarter, Silver Lake spread the game open a bit, going into halftime with an 8-point lead. The offensive charge was led by the Mustangs’ posts, senior Jordan Faimon and sophomore Landon Duester, who combined for 30 points, with Faimon earning 19 and Duester putting in 11. Out of the break, the Mustangs attacked the Buffaloes with their press and aggressive defense, racking up 15 steals. Senior Tayten Menke had 6 of his own, which helped him find the rim and tally 14 points for the evening. The Mustangs’ deep bench was too much for Gibbon, with 22 of their points coming from off the bench. Silver Lake managed to double their first-half total in the second half while Gibbon’s offense slowed down significantly, ending the game with a 64-37 victory for the Mustangs.
Later that week, the Mustangs faced conference opponent Kenesaw. Faimon’s size proved to be too much for the Blue Devils. He earned his second double-double for the season, with 22 points and 15 rebounds, which helped the Mustangs earn a significant 20-point lead going into the break. Kenesaw didn’t back down after the half. They hung with the Mustangs in the third quarter, managing to put up 13 points to Silver Lake’s 16. However, with Menke getting hot from behind the arch to knock down 3 three-pointers and rack up 20 points of his own, Kenesaw couldn’t overcome the deficit. The Mustangs’ defense once again caused some trouble for their opponent. They forced 23 turnovers; Menke, senior Keaton Karr, and junior Lane Conway grabbed 6, 5, and 4 steals, respectively. The Mustangs managed to put up 17 more points in the final quarter to finish the game 63-24.