The Maitland Mustangs have gone down to Hills Hornets 71-67 in the Waratah Championship at Maitland Federation Centre on Sunday.
NARROW LOSS: Maitland Mustangs player Terrance Rone. Picture by PERRY DUFFIN
The Mustangs were on a high coming off last weekend’s last-minute victory against Central Coast Crusaders, but could not find their way around the Hills Hornets in the first quarter, trailing 21-8.
The Mustangs mounted a comeback toward half-time to close the gap 41-32.
Mitchell Rueter starred once again with the ball for the Mustangs and picked up a personal tally of 18 points with six assists.
Charles Bloemen notched up 12 rebounds.
Wayne Brown racked up 10 solo points for the Mustangs and Terrell Turner snagged four.
Mustangs captain-coach Luke Boyle, in his 202nd match, was only able to find the basket a handful of times.
The Mustangs were right in the contest up until the final quarter, but the lead squandered in the first quarter proved too big to claw back.
The match went down to the buzzer with the Hills Hornets winning by the four-point margin.
At the end of round four the Mustangs are fifth on the competition ladder.
This season the Mustangs have played four matches for two wins.
The Mustangs will face the Sydney Comets on the road next Saturday evening at the Alexandria basketball stadium.
Tip off is at 8pm.
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