Mustangs glimpse 'level we want to get to'
NAPLES — A poor start quickly squashed any upset chance Northside Christian had against Community School of Naples on Thursday.
Community School, ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, opened on a 21-2 run en route to a 87-35 win.
"We just came out real nervous," Northside Christian coach David Madasz said. "It is always a good learning experience playing against a team like they are.
"We did a decent job breaking the press but then it seemed like we would make a bad pass or turn the ball over. We didn't attack the press with success."
The Seahawks spent much of the first three quarters in their full-court press, building a 74-28 lead after three quarters.
The Mustangs (8-17) knocked down four 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes and cut the Seahawks (22-4) lead to 26-15 after the fourth triple. However, Community School (22-4) ended the second quarter on a 20-8 run and took a 46-23 lead into halftime.
Senior Weston Thomas had a team-high eight points for the Mustangs while senior Daniel Neymour and eighth-grader Justin Hollis added seven points of their own. Sophomore Kent Coyne led the Seahawks with 20 points.
"We saw the level that we want to get our program to," Madasz said.
"Eventually, we'll get older and the nerves will go away. We are going to work hard in the offseason to improve this program."
Carl Bleich, Special to the Times