The sailing was smooth for the Linn County boys' hoops team at home on Friday evening. The Mustangs trampled Atlanta 69-38 without scoring a point in the fourth quarter, and Linn County coach Jason White picked up the 200th win of his career to remain undefeated at 6-0 on the season.
Exactly one-fifth of White's career wins have come in his capacity as the Mustang boys' coach since he took over for Pat Cunningham in the 2014-2015 season.
"It's neat to be recognized for things like that, but our goal was to regroup and focus," White said. "Tuesday night (versus Brashear) we came out and looked a little lackadaisical, and that's not where we want to be as a team. I told the boys in the locker room that there's not a better group I could imagine to get this milestone with, and I told them it's exciting, and it's great, but what's more exciting is the way we're playing basketball right now."
The Mustangs scored the first eight points of the game, and led 44-17 by the halftime break. Linn County scored 25 points in the third quarter before White called off the dogs and allowed his reserves to play the remainder of the game under running-clock circumstances.
Dynamic junior Jase White got to the cup at will in the first three quarters, finishing with 30 points. Michael O'Kane's 17 points was good for runner-up, and no other Mustang finished in double figures in scoring.
"We knew we had to come out with fire, and we came out and did that," O'Kane said. "We have to keep coming out with that same fire and work harder every day. We're always taking things one game at a time."
Linn County has a date with Meadville on Tuesday night at the Eagles' place in a rematch of the Northwestern Invitational championship game. The Mustangs bested Meadville in the two teams' first matchup, 57-53.