Justin Ward scores two for the Cougars during last Tuesday’s game against Houston. Ward was the high scorer of the game, an honor shared with Donnie Lind, with 12 points. Also shown is Cougar Mac Nelson (11). HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Justin Ward scores two for the Cougars during last Tuesday’s game against Houston. Ward was the high scorer of the game, an honor shared with Donnie Lind, with 12 points. Also shown is Cougar Mac Nelson (11). HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
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The Houston Hurricanes blew into town on Tuesday, Nov. 26, defeating Mabel-Canton, 61-51.

After a back and fourth first half (with six tie scores), M-C put together a short run capped with a Wesley Richert trey. That was enough to send the hosts into the locker room with a five-point margin at the half, 29-24.

The Hurricanes would not be denied, however. Taking advantage of 29 opportunities at the foul line, the visitors tied the game twice in the second period, the last time with 7:30 left to play. Immediately afterward, Houston managed a 7-0 run, then held on for the victory. The closest the Cougars would come to matching the Hurricanes' lead would be a five-point deficit.

Neither team had shot the lights out at the charity stripe, but Houston (51 percent) did manage to outscore M-C (33.3 percent) 15-6.

Senior forward Justin Ward and junior forward Donnie Lind paced the Cougars with 12 points each. Lind finished his double double with a team-high 11 rebounds, blocked a shot and had a steal. Ward had five boards and a team-high six steals.

Freshman guard Wayne Ross came off the bench to add nine points and four rebounds. Junior guard Keyser Wenthold scored eight points and dished six assists with only three turnovers. Senior forward Mac Nelson went three-of-five from the field en route to a seven-point, five-rebound performance.

Senior forward Mason Drake led the visitors with 24 points. Classmate Sam Ross and sophomore Micah Schutte scored seven each. Sam Ross had six assists, while senior guard Christian Sires added seven boards and six points.

Mabel-Canton hosted Riceville, Iowa, on Monday, Dec. 2, winning 59-35. Details will be in next week's News-Record. On Dec. 6, the Cougars host Glenville-Emmons. A road trip to Lyle-Pacelli is set for Dec. 13.