Mustangs work out kinks against NCAA team
London Community News
The Western Mustangs men’s basketball team have only had about a handful of practices, but they now have a better idea of what kinks need to be worked out after losing 68-47 to the National College Athletic Association’s South Alabama Jaguars at Alumni Hall on Tuesday (Aug. 14).
In the Mustangs’ opening exhibition game of the year, all players from both benches saw some time on the court, while just about everyone from Western had trouble putting the ball in the net with a 25.4 team shooting percentage compared to 41.9 by their opponents.
Both teams finished with 20 turnovers by game’s end, but Southern Alabama was able to capitalize by picking up 20 points off Western’s mistakes.
Mustangs’ guard Ryan Higgins led the way for the starting lineup, scoring nine points and collecting five boards in 25 minutes—the most time on the court of any Western player. Nathan Diloreto was a stampede off the bench for the Mustangs, getting a team-high 10 points—third most in the game—in 16 minutes.
The Division I Jaguars are rebounding from an 82-80 overtime loss to the Windsor Lancers on Monday (Aug. 13).
The game against Western is the second matchup on a list of three exhibition games in Ontario for the South Alabama team.
The Jaguars will head back to Windsor for a rematch against the Lancers on Thursday (Aug. 16).
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