BY CORY WOODROOF
The Currey Ingram Academy Mustangs took on an old adage in their 2018-19 season finale Friday night.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The team dialed up the same game plan of their 2017-18 season finale to get one last win for the season in front of the Senior Night crowd at home.
Dominic Briggs’ crucial three-point play in the middle of the fourth quarter helped spark the Mustangs back from a deficit and pushed them to a late lead they’d hold to the final buzzer.
The 56-49 win over visiting Franklin Christian Academy sent off seniors Efraim Hanai and Marshall Richardson in fine order and gave the Mustangs a closing 14-9 record.
Though this wasn’t quite as dramatic as last winter’s season-ending Senior Night, a 17-point turnaround with four minutes remaining to Boyd Christian that turned into an overtime win, it was still a comeback the Mustangs will remember.
“That was crazy,” Hanai said of the last-minute win. “I mean, just like last year, I kind of feel like that’s what we needed. That’s what our season’s all about. We’re all about finishing every play.
“That was an incredible win, a whole team effort to turn it around.”
Hanai led the team in scoring with 24 to finish out his time with the Mustangs.
The Mustangs outscored FCA 18-7 in the final stanza.
That 14-9 record makes for the third-straight winning season for Currey Ingram, something not lost on Mustangs head coach Reid McFadden.
“I’m thrilled for our guys and our program,” he said. “It was a great win to finish the season…three straight winning seasons. I can’t say how proud I am of our guys.”
McFadden commended his two departing seniors for what they’ve brought to the team.
“[Efraim and Marshall] have both been apart of our program for a long time,” he said. “Marshall, since his freshman year, just brought passion and intensity to every practice and game.
“Efraim…he’s been our glue guy. He’s such a blue collar basketball player. He’s a thrill to have on the floor, on the team. We’re really going to miss him. He matches up with the best player, if not the best player, the second-best player. We rely on him for so much. So he’s been a fantastic captain and leader this year.”
Standout Truman Christie-Mizell, who is on pace to be Currey Ingram’s second 1,000-point scorer, had 15 in the win, as did Briggs. To Christie-Mizell, the win is indicative of the
“They bring such great leadership and such great maturity to the team,” he said. “I’m going to miss all of them.”
For Hanai, being part of Currey Ingram has helped him channel one key word on and off the court.
“It’s an incredible program,” Hanai said. “I just love how it gives you an opportunity to play and to succeed and be yourself…it’s all about succeeding here, and I love that.”
The reins will head over to Christie-Mizell next winter as the prolific Mustang assumes primary leadership duties in what should be an exciting campaign.
“I’m just excited to lead my team even more than I did this year, just to improve myself as a player and as a person” Christie-Mizell said.
The Mustangs will also return Briggs and Franc Joubran, who had a bucket Friday.