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Vs. Fossil Ridge
At the behest of head coach Bob Caton, the Mustangs as a team are the players of the game. Their 65-38 whipping of Fossil Ridge on the road in Fort Collins was a group effort. Guys like Christian Davis and Connor Riepma headed the scoring. Cinque Mason, Vaughnn Stitt and Matt Veen were at the front of the defense. Others such as Nick Cito, Brady and Reggie Parris, Matt Stransky and others on the bench di what they could in terms of scrapping to aid Mullen’s first playoff victory in four seasons.  

Vs. Grandview

Brady Parris, 5-foot-11 and who can play either guard spot, did what he could in Mullen’s 72-50 setback to Grandview the past Friday that capped the regular season. The junior, who has been a spot starter but mostly provided the Mustangs with a spark off the bench, scored 15 points against the Wolves. His contributions, mostly centered around 3-point and free-throw shooting, as well as ball-handling and passing, have been consistent and he has been a steadying influence out front

Vs. Overland

Max Stransky, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, emerged as the leading scorer for Mustangs in a 62-42 loss to Overland, which used the victory to clinch at least a tie for the Centennial League title with one game to play. The senior scored eight points on Senior Night at Hutchison Fieldhouse, including two 3-pointers. Stransky has remained in the Mustangs rotation – despite averaging just 2.5 points, he has played in every game and offered the team another option from the perimeter.

Vs. Cherokee Trail

Vaughnn Stitt, 6-foot-2 and who can play either guard spot, did what he could to stave off a 59-48 road loss to Cherokee Trail in Aurora in the Centennial League. The junior, who also plays in the secondary for the football team, scored 11 points in canning 3-of-4 3-pointers. He also contributed four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Also a defender on the perimeter, Stitt averages 5.4 points and has appeared in all 22 games for the Mustangs.

Vs. Smoky Hill

Cinque Mason, a 6-foot-5 forward, once again filled up a box score for the Mustangs, this time in a 61-42 road loss to Smoky Hill in Aurora in the Centennial League. The senior tied for the team lead in points (eight), grabbed nine rebounds, had two assists, made a steal and took three charges. Mason remains Mullen’s most-active player inside and his effort, whether as a starter or coming off the bench, has been there in all 22 games.

Vs. Cherry Creek

Nick Cito, a 5-foot-7 point guard, led the Mustangs with 16 points in a 58-57 loss to Cherry Creek in the Centennial League. At the Mustangs’ Hutchison Fieldhouse, Cito shot 5-of-7 from the floor, including 4-of-6 on 3-pointers. He added two rebounds, two assists and two steals. One of the team’s steadiest players, Cito can play either guard spot. He also scored 30 points in two games against the Bruins, both one-point losses.

Vs. Eaglecrest

Connor Riepma, a 6-foot-5 forward, scored 11 points – one of four Mustangs in double figures – in a 61-52 victory over Eaglecrest in Centennial League play at Hutchison Fieldhouse. The Raptors are the defending Class 5A state champions and it was Mullen’s first league sweep since the 2009-10 season. A junior, Riepma also shot 5-of-5 from the floor – he’s usually doesn’t stray from the paint -- contributed eight rebounds and made two blocks.  

Vs. Arapahoe

Cinque Mason, a 6-foot-4 forward, was special on a special night for the Mullen program. As the Mustangs welcomed back their 1987-88 team that made the big-school semifinals in a halftime ceremony, Mason was a force inside during a tough 85-80 home loss. The senior scored all 21 of his points after halftime. He made 7-of-9 shots from both the floor and free-throw line, and grabbed 14 rebounds, nine on the offensive end. Mason also added a block and he continues as Mullen’s top inside player.

Vs. Grandview

Christian Davis, a 6-foot guard, remains Mullen’s top perimeter shooter, particularly from 3-point range. In a recent 69-54 setback to Grandview in the Centennial League, the junior shooting guard led the Mustangs with 17 points. He shot 6-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-5 on 3-pointers, and was 3-of-3 at the free-throw line. Davis also contributed four rebounds and an assist as Mullen continues to battle in the league and remains in line for its best finish this decade.

Vs. Cherokee Trail

Christian Davis, a 6-foot guard, continued his sweet shooting in Mullen’s 66-40 whipping of visiting Cherokee Trail in Centennial League play. The junior made 6-of-7 shots, including 4-of-4 on 3-pointers, for a team-high 16 points as the Mustangs, who trailed 9-0, equaled their most league victories (three) since the 2009-10 season. Davis added three assists, a steal and a rebound as Mullen’s resurgence continued. The Mustangs also have matched their most overall victories since the 2011-12 season. 

Vs. Coronado

Vaughnn Stitt, a 6-foot-2 swingman, helped Mullen earn a nonleague road victory in Colorado Springs. In a 75-65 decision of Coronado, Stitt, a left-handed junior, led four Mustangs in double-figure scoring with 16 points. Unusually, he didn’t make a 3-pointer as he was just 2-of-5 shooting. However, he converted 12-of-15 free throws as the rest of the team was only a combined 8-of-15. Stitt also added five rebounds, three offensively, as well as two assists and three steals.

Vs. Smoky Hill

Cinque Mason, a 6-foot-4 forward, was Mullen’s top, all-around player on the floor in a 67-57 Centennial League home loss to Smoky Hill. Using his signature moves down low that include using both hands as well as going up and over or under isolated defenders. Mason, a reserve who usually brings his tema lots of energy, made 6-of-8 shots for 12 points. He also battled inside, grabbing eight rebounds, two on the offensive end. He added an assist and a steal as he also banged with the Buffaloes’ superior height inside. 

Vs. Cherry Creek

Matt Veen, a 6-foot-4 forward, had his best game of the season when Mullen had its hot Centennial League start end. The Mustangs had two chances to close out host Cherry Creek in Greenwood Village, in the fourth quarter and overtime, but they lost in the final seconds 77-76. Don’t blame Veen. The junior made 6-of-7 shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer, for a team-high 17 points. He added four rebounds and an assist. It was Mullen’s first league loss after a 2-0 start.

Vs. Eaglecrest

Connor Riepma, a 6-foot-6 pivot and one of the few returning varsity players for the Mustangs this season, helped Mullen take down Class 5A defending state champion Eaglecrest 65-54 the past weekend on the road in Centennial. The junior scored six of his 10 points on 3-of-3 shooting in the second quarter as the Mustangs erased an 18-7 deficit and turned it into a 26-22 halftime lead. Riepma also added eight rebounds as Mullen beat Eaglecrest for the first time since 2012. The Mustangs improved to 2-0 in the Centennial for the first time since the 2005-06 season, their last hoops state crown.

Vs. Arapahoe

Reggie Parris, a 6-foot-3 guard-forward, turned in a couple of big-time plays against Arapahoe in the Centennial League opener, according to head coach Bob Caton. The senior, who has signed to pitch at San Diego, first made a half-court shot right before halftime, then made a steal, a lay-up, then another steal to start the second half. In all, Parris, who previously considered not playing this season, scored 10 points and added three steals as the Mustangs earned a 64-45 victory on the road, which equaled their league output of a season ago.

Vs. Grandview

Max Stransky, a 6-foot-2 guard, had a big stretch off the bench in an 82-69 loss to Grandview right after the holiday break. The senior scored all 13 of his points in the third quarter as the Mustangs twice got within three points of the Wolves. Stransky made three 3-pointers, a two-pointer and 2-of-2 free throws. However, the Wolves were able to pull away down the stretch in the nonleague game (the two programs needed a game to fill out their schedules’ they will still play two in the Centennial League).


Vs. Pomona

Nick Cito, a 5-foot-7 point guard, experienced a career high the past week. The senior erupted for 25 points in the Mullen Holiday Tournament against Pomona, igniting an 89-65 victory. Twelve of his points came in the second quarter, when Mullen went for 33 to take a commanding 49-25 halftime lead. Cito shot 8-of-11 from the floor, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers. He also added six assists as Mullen evened its mark at 2-2. Cito is signed to play at Concordia University.

Vs. Thompson Valley

Brady Parris, a 6-foot guard, remains a top contributor off the Mullen bunch. In a 77-58 victory last week over Thompson Valley in the Mustangs’ Holiday Tournament, Parris continued to be efficient. He was credited with eight points, six assists and three steals. He shot 3-of-5 from the floor, 2-of-4 on 3-pointers. The point guard also helped the Mustangs win their second consecutive game and climb above the .500 mark with a 3-2 record.

 

Vs. Westminster

Thomas Keeley, a 6-foot-4 forward, is known as “Mr. Energy,” according to head coach Bob Caton. In a 69-24 victory over Westminster in the Mustangs’ Holiday Tournament last weekend, the senior came off the bench for eight points and four rebounds in helping the Mustangs keep a brisk pace and improve to 4-2. Keeley also helped defensively – the Wolves, who have yet to win a game, were held to seven points in the second half, just three free throws in the fourth quarter.

 

Vs. Douglas County

Vaughnn Stitt, a 6-foot-2 junior, came off the bench on Tuesday night in Castle Rock to keep the Mustangs within range late in Class 5A nonleague play before the Huskies pulled away for a 61-50 victory. They remained undefeated (4-0). Stitt topped Mullen with 11 points and was 4-of-6 shooting. He made three 3-pointers in the third quarter, or more points than the Mustangs scored as a team over the final 8 minutes. He added a couple of assists. The Mustangs dropped to 1-2. Next is a home meeting in tournament play at the Hutchison Fieldhouse vs. Pomona of Jefferson County.

 

Vs. Abraham Lincoln

Christian Davis, a 6-foot guard, spearheaded the Mustangs’ 85-79 victory to open the season. On Nov. 29 at the Hutchison Fieldhouse, he scored a game-high 28 points. Of note, the junior was 7-of-8 on 3-pointers and made three in a row to start the third quarter to keep Mullen ahead. The victory came in the debut of new Mullen head coach Bob Caton.

 

 

 Vs. Regis Jesuit

Cinque Mason, a 6-foot-5 forward, provided the Mustangs with a lot of energy when they needed it. On Dec. 2 and at home at the Hutchison Fieldhouse, Mullen trailed parochial-rival Regis Jesuit by 18 points at halftime. However, the Mustangs had a surge that lasted into the fourth quarter and they got within two points with 6 minutes to play. Ultimately, Mullen would fall by 71-57, by Mason led the charge with seven points, seven rebounds and taking two charges.

 

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