A year ago, the Lutheran High Mustangs Boys Basketball team were the Cinderella underdog that advanced to the TAPPS 2A Final Four before losing for the third time to its district rival. This year the hunters have become the hunted.
The Mustangs are a motivated group this season. They posted an 18-7 record in non district play defeating small public schools and private schools along the way. They have placed high in big tournaments, taking 3rd in the Johnson City Tournament.
Once district play started on January 11th, the Mustangs have cranked it up a gear. After defeating Christian Academy 94-44 on Friday Night on Senior Night, Lutheran wrapped up a 10-0 mark in district play, earning the District Championship and clinching a first round bye in the TAPPS 2A Playoffs.
The Mustangs have done it with their offense. In their ten district games, they averaged 83.4 points per game scoring over 90 points three different times. That’s not to say that they were not tested though. Castle Hills First Baptist gave the Mustangs all they could hand twice, including a 74-72 Mustang win that saw the Mustangs come back from a double digit deficit in the second half.
Once the TAPPS Playoffs start on Friday Night across Texas, the Mustangs will have a target on their back as one of the teams to beat, by way of the 26-7 record. Lutheran has a first round bye for the playoffs, but will start their playoff campaign with a home game on Tuesday, February 23.
After last season’s wild ride, the Mustangs aren’t going to take anything for granted.