Mustangs Riding High
Mustangs Riding High
MEADE BLAZES THROUGH WINTER BREAK ON WIN STREAK
January 10, 2019 Jack Chavez
The Meade Mustangs boys’ basketball team poses with the Route 175 Classic trophy on Dec. 28. The Mustangs won the tournament by beating La Plata, 90-48, and High Point, 64-62. A year after graduating four of five starters, the Meade Mustangs boys’ basketball team is rolling through January on a six-game winning streak. The Mustangs’ season started somewhat slow at 2-2, but since then they’ve averaged 77 points per game over a winning streak that’s included victories over Oakland Mills on Dec. 19 and Glen Burnie on Friday. “We’re getting better and better every single game,” coach Mike Glick said. “I’m really, really proud of our players.”
Against Glen Burnie, Meade High School’s young team had to enter a loud, hostile gym and maintain their composure against an older, more experienced squad. They answered the call with a 74-59 victory that should put the rest of the county on notice. The most noticeable key to the Mustangs’ success has been the duo of seniors Tre Dunn and Mazhi Thames, whom the opposition has struggled to contain during the winning streak. Thames scored 37 points in the contest against Glen Burnie and has averaged nearly 30 points over the last three games.
“I thought he did a phenomenal job in not getting frustrated and finding his teammates, finding the open man,” Glick said after the game. “So I give Thames a hell of a lot of credit.” Senior point guard Mazhi Thames drives to the basket in Meade’s game at Glen Burnie on Friday. The Mustangs beat the Gophers 74-59. Meade also hosted the annual Route 175 Classic on Dec. 27 and 28. After handling La Plata, 90-48, the Mustangs held on for a thrilling 64-62 victory over High Point to take home first place in the four-team tournament. Again, Thames and Dunn had a lot to do with the outcome.
Dunn provided 15 points and 11 rebounds and Thames scored 25 points, as well as coming up with the game-winning steal as time expired. Thames transferred to Meade this school year from Old Mill. He also played for Meade in his freshman year. Dunn said that familiarity with Thames as both a teammate and opponent has helped solidify their chemistry. “We played [Amateur Athletic Union basketball] together and we just got in synch [over the years],” Dunn said. “When he left for Old Mill, I had to play against him and learn some stuff about him. And then when he came back, I had to learn to control the court with him.
… It was just going to be me [guiding our younger teammates], but now I have somebody else to help me out during the game.” Added Thames: “[We’re] like salt and pepper.” Having two seniors among his ranks has gone a long way in helping Glick’s younger talent develop, players like junior Nick Haylock and sophomore TJ Speight.