LAND O’LAKES — Ever since the fifth game of the season — a heartbreaking 61-58 loss to Ridgewood — Mitchell has regrouped from a 2-3 start and been able to string together four wins and only one loss since the Dec. 3 game.
The Mustangs on Wednesday night added one more notch to their recent success, as they held Sunlake to 24 second-half points and received key contributions from guards Austin Sharpe and Jordan Dong en route to a 59-46 victory.
“Austin and Jordan made some key plays down the stretch tonight,” Mitchell coach Jared St. Charles said. “Those two stepped it up, and we pulled it together defensively down towards the end to come away with the win.
“We’re starting to roll here a little bit and hopefully we can continue this when we get back from the break.”
Sunlake (4-7) was once again its own worst enemy at times, as the Seahawks turned over the basketball 12 times and in the second half could not sustain anything offensively. They shot 28 percent from the field in the latter half on 8-of-28 shooting. Mitchell outrebounded Sunlake 28-18.
Once the Mustangs (7-4) took a 21-19 lead in the second quarter, off a Jake Driscoll (20 points, three blocks) jumper off the glass, they would not play from behind and went into halftime with a 27-22 lead.
By the halfway point of the fourth quarter, Mitchell had a 54-41 lead behind the play of Sharpe (nine points, five assists) and Dong (11 points) in the third and fourth quarters.
Terrence Tabois and Pedro Pabon paced Sunlake with 12 and 10 points, respectively.