HOLIDAY — After rolling past Anclote by 33 last month, Mitchell thought the second go-round might be just as easy.
The Mustangs won Tuesday's matchup in the newly born rivalry 72-59. But despite the loss, the first-year Sharks may have gained a little respect from some of their former teammates.
"I call them my little brothers, and to let them come this close to us is something we never expected," Mitchell guard Chad Jeckel said. "Our whole team is ashamed of each other, but we've got a big game Friday night (against Ridgewood), and that's the game we need to look forward to."
Even though Jeckel was disappointed by his team's performance Tuesday, his individual effort was noteworthy, as he scored 28 and teammate Mike Francis chipped in 18.
Anclote (6-8) took a 16-14 lead in the first quarter, but after that it was all Mitchell for the most part, as the Mustangs slowly built a 12-point cushion going into halftime. The Mustangs (10-5) forced 16 turnovers, and even with a below-average night at the free-throw line (12-of-27) and being outrebounded 35-27, they were able to pull out the victory on the road.
"The second quarter kind of got away from us," Anclote coach Jason Szymanski said. "But we battled and fought hard, and to come from the first game and then to come this close to them is huge for a first-year school."