Mustangs grit out win over Nevada


by Tyler Foster

Last Thursday Jan. 22, the PCM Mustangs boys’ varsity basketball team was looking to remain in the conference lead, and the boys did just that: They found a way to edge a win over the scrappy Nevada Cubs with a final score of 47-39.
“Even though we didn’t shoot the ball well, we forced a lot of turnovers to keep them from scoring,” senior starter Chase Keuning said. “Moving forward, we need to focus on what we can control and not worry so much about what we can’t.”
On what was a rather poor shooting night for the Mustangs, junior Logan Gilman recorded his fourth double-double on the year, scoring 16 points and grabbing ten boards. As a team, PCM shot 41-percent from the field, but that total dropped to a near season-low 20-percent from behind the arch.
The Cubs couldn’t get much of anything going either, shooting just 33-percent from the field. Before the game the Mustangs knew they had to keep an eye on sharpshooting junior Cole Gidel, and they accomplished their goal as Gidel was just 3 of 18 from the field.
PCM will play North Polk at home tomorrow night, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. the start of the girls and 7:30[.m. the start of the boys. The girls look to remain in the hunt for the conference title and the boys will look to keep their lead in the Heart of Iowa Conference.