"Ascher is a college-level talent," Ettinger said. "He has a really good feel for the game."
After pushing ahead, the aggressive defense that the Mustangs used throughout the game started to create turnovers.
"These are extremely tough kids," Ettinger said of his team. "They're extremely aggressive. They'll be on the floor. They'll go after it hard."
Dropping back into a zone, Eli Stem read a crosscourt pass from the Eagles, breaking for the ball as the pass was released. Stem drew a foul at the other end and converted on both of his free throws. Stem knocked away another pass on Line Mountain's next trip down the floor, passing to Dyllan Folk, who made his way to the free throw line. Folk converted one of two at the line as the pair of steals by Stem started a string of four straight Eagles' possessions that ended with a Mustangs player sprinting the other way with the ball.
Stem's quick reflexes and free-throw shooting allowed the Mustangs to quickly pull ahead.
"Dyllan Folk and Eli Stem were both enormous for us tonight," Ettinger said. "They make smart decisions. Coming into this year with two senior guards, we knew that they were going to be vital for us this season."
Kellan Masser knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key for Line Mountain to end a run of 11 straight points for the Mustangs to start the second half. The Mustangs quickly pushed the lead back into double digits with Folk nabbing a pair of assists on a layup by Zachary Shrader followed by a layup from Stem.
The Mustangs took a 40-29 lead into the fourth and continued to find the bottom of the net, attacking the offensive boards and limiting Line Mountain to one-and-done possessions, scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter.
With crisp passing down low, the Mustangs were able to stay in front by double digits, extending their lead to a game-high 22 points at 54-32 with a minute left.
After a timeout, the Eagles scored the last six points of the game.
Masser and Dylan Bartholomew each drained a pair of threes for Line Mountain, with Bartholomew finishing with 10 points to lead the Eagles.