Coming off a 78-44 victory over the Clarenceville Trojans, the Lutheran North Mustangs will look to extend their hot streak against head coach Bob Jolet and the Anchor Bay Tars on Friday night.
Anchor Bay shot out of the gate with an 11-3 first quarter lead to help the team to a 58-48 victory over the Fitzgerald Spartans in the first game of the season. Tino DeJesus, a senior, scored 16 points and Brendan Vermander added 13 points to the win.
DeJesus has outstanding quickness and the ability to draw fouls once he gets in the lane. In the win over Fitzgerald, Gabe Studer only scored eight points, but was effective on defense throughout the entire event.
The Mustangs, who are coached by Kevin Murawski, will look to build on a 78 point effort against Clarenceville in their season opener, which was at home. Eli Thaut, Kasey Lesnau and Mitchell Visbara continuously forced turnovers to set up a ton of fast break scores.
Peter Freeman led Lutheran North with 12 points off the bench. Drew Arft scored nine points and dished out six assists. However, he will look to rebound after struggling from the field. Even though Arft did not have his best game, other Mustangs stepped up. Thaut managed 11 points with back-to-back three-point jumpers in the second half to help put the game out of Clarenceville's reach.
When Arft was passing, however, he found Jack Hilt and Michael Barno in the post. The two combined for 15 points and most of the Mustang rebounds. Charles Kruse got things going with back-to-back triples just seconds after coming off the bench.
"Everyone can score and we all have the ability to put up good numbers in the game," Kruse said. "If one man isn't feeling it, another is."
The Mustangs and Tars will battle in each teams second game of the season. Lutheran North will travel to Anchor Bay High School for the game at 7:00 PM.