Mumford and Milan Men’s Basketball Teams Advance to Class 2A Region IV Championship | BRAZOS SPORTS | High school sports

SAN MARCOS — The free-throw line has caused commotion for the fifth-ranked Mumford boys’ basketball team all season, but Friday night was their saving grace.

The Mustangs went 6 of 8 to the charity strip in overtime to earn a 57-54 win over Freer at Rattler Gym in the Class 2A Region IV semifinal. Mumford will advance to the Regional Championship match to face No.24 Milano (22-14) at 2pm on Saturday.

“It was the most intense game I’ve ever coached,” said head coach and Mustang alumnus Aubrie King. “I played in a few big ones, but that was beyond that.”

Mumford fans were gearing up for a celebration as the Mustangs (29-7) led 51-48 with 22.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. But what seemed like a secure enough lead quickly became a draw when Freer’s Jayden Uribe hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to tie the game at 51 with 0.1 seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.

“Obviously we tried to limit them from the 3-point line,” King said. “We did it better sometimes than others, but I’m just happy that we won the game.”

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Neither team scored in OT until the last minute as both teams struggled to shoot. Mumford went 0 for 5 from the field, while Freer (13-4) went 1 for 7 with his only points on a 3 of Uribe’s moments. before committing a foul with 30 seconds left in the extra period.

After Uribe’s field goal gave Free a 54-52 lead, Mumford produced a near-perfect performance from the free-throw line, going 5-for-6 to occupy the final 25 seconds and secure the win.

“It’s weird. That’s something we’ve struggled with all season, is making free throws,” King said. the field, but there’s something about free throws. … [We] stepped up and made shots when we needed to, and I’m proud of them.

Mumford made just 5 of 14 free throws during regulation, finding most of his success in the paint despite constant pressure from the Buckaroos. The Mustangs took a 27-25 halftime lead with a 16-13 advantage in rebounds that helped make up for just 10 of 25 from the field in the first half.

“I never fell like we got upset missing shots,” King said. “It’s just a matter of giving him enough time for the numbers to come back. The law of averages is something I believe in.

The numbers came back in Mumford’s favor, but it took time. Freer outscored the Mustangs 13-8 in the third quarter with a 6-2 run that lasted three minutes and gave the Buckaroos a 38-35 lead going into the fourth.

“They’re a good team, and they’re playing as hard and as fast as any team we’ve faced this year,” King said.

Mumford fought back with his best quarterback of the night. The Mustangs took a 44-38 lead early in the fourth on a 9-0 run that included a straight 3 from Ruben Sustaita. Mumford had another big run late in the quarter to take their biggest lead at 50-43 before Freer returned to force overtime.

Desmond Gamble, Edgar Fernandez and Bryson Rodriguez all contributed during the run, which King says speaks to his team’s wide array of talent. Sustaita led the Crew, finishing with 15 points, followed by Gamble with 13 and Rodriguez with 11.

“I have a team full of tough guys,” King said. “I don’t have one or two players who are really good and then there’s a big drop. I have eight guys that I feel comfortable with.

The Mustangs will once again rely on those players on Saturday as they take on King’s hometown of Milan.

“I saw them play a few times,” he said. “They’re just down the road. My mother is the athletic director. I lived there for 20 years. My father was a coach there, so we have deep roots in Milan. They are really good too. They have five or six guys who can do open shots.

Milano had to fight off a physical Falls City side, but the initial work paid off as the 24th-ranked Eagles cruised to a 57-26 victory over the Beavers.

“They were making it physical,” said Milan head coach Lee Essman Jr. “These guys are strong, big…we struggled. We fight guys like that.

Milano found success on the perimeter, making seven 3-pointers in the first half – three from leading scorer Jayce Todd – to take a 26-16 halftime lead.

From there, the Eagles remained in control. Todd scored 14 points in the second half, going 4 of 7 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Todd got the crowd going with a dunk to give Milan a 44-26 lead with 4:55 to go. The Eagles finished with a 13-0 run to secure the victory.

“Right now all that matters is that you win,” Essman said. “It doesn’t matter what it looks like. It doesn’t matter if it’s one point or 80 points. You just have to win. »

Milano will have another tough battle against Mumford in the regional final. Essman compared the Mustangs to Flatonia, which Milan beat 53-49 in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday. King was an assistant at Flatonia before being hired at Mumford.

“At least we’ve seen that and know what to expect,” Essman said. “Same coaching tree right there.”

MILAN (22-14) — Jayce Todd 26, Weston Avrett 10, Patrick Saucedo 10, Bryson Richards 6, Gael Alcala 3, Ethan Gordon 2.

FALLS CITY (11-5) – Cody Arrisola 9, Jaxson Pipes 6, Luke Shaffer 6, Wesley Molina 2, Brandon Moczygemba 2, Grant Jendrusch 1.

Milano;14;12;12;19;—;57

City Falls;6;10;5;5;—;26

Mumford 57, Freer 54 (OT)

MUMFORD (29-7) – Ruben Sustaita 15, Desmond Gamble 13, Bryson Rodriguez 11, LeAnthony Dykes Jr. 8, Edgar Fernandez 6, Henry Jones III 4.

FREER (13-4) — Elliot Ramirez 30, Jayden Uribe 11, Jose Aguillon 6, Austin Utley 3, Jonathan Hassete 2, Nash McQuage 2.

Mumford;11;16;8;16;6;—;57

Freer;11;14;13;13;3;—;54

Next: Milano vs. Mumford, Class 2A Region IV Finals, San Marcos, 2:00 p.m. Saturday

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