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Mustangs Split Weekend Homestand

December 8, 2008 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Southeast Texas Mavericks News Release

The Southeast Texas Mustangs (1-1) opened their inaugural season with two games at home this past weekend. The Mustangs earned a split in the two closely contested games. On Saturday night the Mustangs defeated the Houston Takers 100-95 and in a short turn-around the Mustangs lost on a last second free-throw 94-93 to the South Texas Showboats.

The Mustangs were dominant at times in both games holding big leads that they did not in the end hold on to! Against Houston the Mustangs led by as many as 21 points, but had to hold off the Takers to go on to win by five. On Sunday the Mustangs led by as many as 18 points at one point and by 10 points late in the fourth quarter to be defeated by the Showboats. "We have to play better with leads and that is obvious!" states Mustangs Head Coach Steve Tucker. Tucker added, "We're not quite there yet! Physically we have some veteran players struggling with their conditioning! It was really the worst case scenario for us to have two games less than 24 hours apart. I think that showed both physically and mentally at the end of the Showboats game on Sunday. You have to give the Showboats all the credit, for they came into our place and beat us. They played really well down the stretch and we didn't! They have a good team."

Anthony Lumpkin scored 30 points against Houston on Saturday night. DeRon Rutledge and Donald Harris added 20 and 13 points. On Sunday against South Texas Rutledge led the way for the Mustangs with 28 points, while Lumpkin and Harris chipped in 13 and 11 points respectively.

The Mustangs will host Houston at home again this Friday night December 12th. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 PM.

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Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.

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