December 13, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Jason Logan scored the go-ahead points midway through the second half and scored a game-high 22 points as The Master's College fended off visiting Simpson for the second time in seven days, beating the Red Hawks 87-80 Friday evening on Bross Court.
The win was the Mustangs' fifth in a row and lifted their record to 8-2 a week after defeating Simpson in Redding.
After watching the Red Hawks rally from a 12-point halftime deficit to take a 59-58 lead with just under 10 minutes left to play, Logan (Spartanburg, SC) stepped to the line with 8:56 remaining and calmly canned a pair of free throws to put the Mustangs ahead to stay. On the next trip down the court, junior sharpshooter Derrick Fain (Dallas, TX) drained a three-pointer, capping a quick 5-0 run.
Two minutes later, the Red Hawks drew within 66-65 on an Ian Corella jumper but Chris Patureau (Houston, TX) sparked a decisive 9-0 burst with a jumper and, fittingly, Logan capped it off with two more charity tosses for a 75-65 advantage with 3:32 left in the game. Just as important in the run was the Mustang defense that forced a pair of turnovers, caused the Red Hawks to miss five straight shots, and kept the visitors off the scoreboard for over three minutes.
By the time the Red Hawks recovered, it was too late. They pulled within six points (77-71) at the 2:29 mark, but Logan retaliated in emphatic fashion, thundering in a dunk off a Dominique Lanier (Lakewood, CA) alley-oop and the Mustangs kept their distance the rest of the way, scoring their final six points from the line.
The Mustangs trailed only once in the first half (5-4) on a Corella basket with 17:48 showing on the clock, however, Logan, in a preview of things to come, vaulted his team back in front on a three-point play and the hosts didn't trail again until the 9:40 mark of the second half.
Five straight points from Reid Shackelford (Murrieta, CA), highlighted by the first of his three first-half trifectas, put the Mustangs up 19-13 with 14:31 left in the half and when Logan nailed a jumper just over two minutes later, the Mustangs had their largest lead to that point, 26-19.
However, that advantage was very short-lived as the Red Hawks struck back quickly, tearing off six unanswered points in just over a minute to close to 26-25. Just as quickly, the Mustangs turned things around, using a 10-2 run in a three-minute window to extend the lead to 36-27. Zach Stalin (Bellingham, WA) ignited the skein with a jumper, Shackelford buried another trey along the way, and Logan finished it off with a jumper of his own.
A Stalin jumper at the 4:49 mark gave the Mustangs their first double-digit advantage (40-29) of the evening and was part of a 9-0 burst that eventually handed the hosts a 16-point margin, one they would enjoy twice (45-29 and 47-31) before settling for a 47-35 lead at halftime.
The Mustangs, paced by 11 points apiece from Logan and Shackelford, shot a solid 54% (20-37) from the field in the first half.
That 12-point advantage almost evaporated entirely over the first six minutes of the second half as the Red Hawks ripped off 14 of the stanza's first 17 points, slicing the deficit to 50-49 on a pair of Corella free tosses.
However, the Mustangs weren't ready to relinquish the lead just yet as Korey Anderson (Clovis, CA) drained a pair of jumpers to instigate an 8-3 burst that put the Mustangs up 58-52 with 12:32 left.
Then, the momentum turned dramatically as the Red Hawks tore off seven straight points, taking a 59-58 lead on an Anthony Williams dunk with 9:40 left to play. The Mustangs would go without a point for nearly four minutes until Logan's free throws reclaimed the lead and pointed the Mustangs toward victory.
Over the final 20 minutes, the Mustangs shot a respectable 46% from the field and completed the game at just under 51% (32-63).
Notching his second double-double of the season, Logan tied Corella for game-high scoring honors, going 7-12 from the field and 8-11 from the line. Patureau followed with 15 points on 7-10 accuracy, Stalin tossed in a dozen more, and Shackelford and Bernard Ireland (Victorville, CA) chipped in with 11 points apiece.
The Mustangs will have very little time to enjoy this win as they turn around to host Bethesda Saturday evening at 7:00pm on Bross Court.