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The Mustangs, who return an inexperienced roster, struggled to get buckets all evening. Wesley Hooker and Justin Eagins scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. But the duo converted a combined nine-of-35 field goal attempts. On a positive note, each secured 13 total rebounds apiece with nine combined assists.
"I think we return a grand total of probably 100 total minutes played by our kids...I'm real proud of our kids. They didn't quit, [and] we just kept battling," Olson said.
East led 20-8 by the end of the first quarter, and continued its steady shooting for a 42-18 halftime lead behind Hardy's 13 first half points.