Last Wednesday, the Mustang Varsity basketball team faced their hometown rivals, the Estancia Eagles, at the Battle of the Bell game. The basketball matchup was held by Costa Mesa in the large gymnasium. Both teams were greeted by a full house, packed with students, parents, and fans from Mesa and Estancia.
Mesa’s starting lineup consisted of seniors Nick Hefner, Nick Dawson, Jake Comer, Saaeed El-Assadi, and Jordan Walden.
The first quarter ended with Mustangs leading 9, to Estancia’s 6. In the second quarter, the Eagles stepped up their defense and offense. they were able to leave the Mustangs trailing behind 7 points and the quarter ended 15-22.
During halftime, Costa Mesa principal Phil D’Agostino and Estancia principal Kirk Bauermeister introduced the Australian exchange students formally to both schools and gave them welcoming gifts.
After this introduction, the Mustang cheerleader team presented a dance routine. Then Mesa’s ASB gave a surprise encore performance of the Green Man Group act.
“We had a beastly 3rd quarter,” said senior and ASB 1st Vice President Jacky Dang.
Estancia continued firmly into the final end of the game. With a stature of 6 feet and 6 inches high, Estancia’s center, Rashad Davis, was able to land two slam dunks on Mesa.
In the final quarter, both teams pressed on strong to secure a victory. With about a minute and a half on the clock and the score at 37-33, Estancia’s Chad Fackler scored a 3-pointer, after being unable to score any field goals the whole game. This prompted Estancia to foul Mesa’s team intentionally to try to extend the game and try their chances with one of the Mustang players at the free-throw line. Unfortunately for them, senior Saaeed El-Assadi was able to score both of his free throws.
“Winning.” said Saaeed El-Assadi.
The Mustangs were able to come out on top, finishing the game with a final score at 39-36.
“Mesa played some good basketball!” said senior Vice President Chad Webster.