The hot-shooting Slocum Mustangs overcame the visiting Lovelady Lions 85-70 in a district battle Friday, Jan. 23.
Lovelady, Slocum and Centerville sit in a three-way tie for second place with identical 2-1 marks. Undefeated Grapeland is in first place at 3-0.
Slocum led the Lions 21-16 after a quarter, 41-28 at the break and 63-45 at the end of the third.
Hunter Murray drained a pair of 3-pointers in pacing Lovelady's scoring with 25 points, followed by Alfred Simmons with 22 and Courtell McQuirter with 11. Other scorers were Emanual Williams with 7, Max Cousins with 3 and Alex Rodriguez with 2.
The Lions were hampered by early foul trouble with Courtell McQuirter, Alfred Simmons and Emanual Williams spending considerable time on the bench during the first half.
That's not to take anything away from the Mustangs, who shot "lights out" for the majority of the game. Slocum shooters hit 60 percent from both 3-point land, as well as, inside the arc.
The Mustangs actually shot better from the floor than from the free throw line, missing 19 of their 44 free throws.
Slocum freshman Taylor Hunt and sophomore Parker Wilson combined for 12 3-pointers, hitting six apiece. Senior guard Conner Dickson scored 19 points hitting 15 out of 26 free throw attempts.
The Junior Varsity Lions won their game against Slocum 58-56 with freshman Taylor Womack hitting the game winning shot with just two seconds remaining.
The Lions will have to regroup quickly as they face two more tough opponents this week. After playing Centerville (2-1) on Tuesday, the Lions travel to Grapeland (3-0) on Friday, Jan. 30 to wrap up their first round of district.