MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - East High has been the standard for high school basketball in Tennessee for the past three years.
Having Penny Hardaway as head coach, and the nation’s number one player for part of that time is the reason.
Up until Wednesday night, the Mighty Mustangs had not lost a single game to an in-state school when White Station beat them 74-72.
Thursday, the Mustangs tried to avoid two losses in a row hosting the Central Warriors.
Hardaway is gone off the bench, he’s now the head man at Memphis.
However, James Wiseman is still there. He’s still the nation’s number one recruit. He’ll join Hardaway with the Tigers next season, as will 3-Star Forward Malcolm Dandridge..
East found out the hard way the loss of players like Ryan Boyce, a Memphis walk-on, and the last Lawson Brothers, Chandler and Jonathan to Wooddale, is making life hard as a high school target.
They’ve seen their perennial spot atop the state rankings fall to number three in the latest prep poll.
East gets into a scramble with Central, but dominate in the end. James Wiseman scored 28 points, and Dandridge added 17.
The Mustangs, who play a national schedule, won 72-48. It’s their fifteenth win against seven losses.
“We had to make an impact," Dandridge said. "We had to make a statement that just because we took one loss doesn’t mean we’re falling apart.”
“We got a new group coming in, freshman and sophomores, and we’re trying to show them the way," Wiseman said. "They’re picking up information quick so we’re going to have a great season.”
The Mustangs tangle with the Warriors at Central Friday night in a rare back to back high school meeting.