CUSTER — Mason County Eastern’s boys basketball team won its fifth straight game Tuesday night when it turned back Hesperia, 76-33 in non-conference home game.

The Cardinals exploded out of the gate for a 20-5 first quarter, and then outscored the Panthers, 20-6 in the second for 40-11 lead at the half.

Eastern kept its foot on the gas in the second half, outscoring the Panthers, 18-12 in the third period to carry a 58-23 lead into the fourth period when they finished the game off with a 16-10 run.

“Mason County Eastern’s team is very disciplined offensively and defensively,” Panthers head coach Andrew Worcester said. “Our guys had a hard time finding any offense tonight.

“Defensively, we continue to lack communication. We actually had a full roster tonight, but a lot of guys have missed practice time, and need improvement on timing.

“We will have a few days to prepare for Lakeview. Hopefully, we can get a rhythm moving forward.”

Eli Shoup fired in 27 points and his brother, Clay Shoup poured in another 20 to lead the Cardinals.

Hesperia was led in scoring by Ethan O’Neal and Ian Fox with eight points apiece.

The Cardinals improved to 8-2 overall and will next see action at home against Walkerville on Wednesday night.

Hesperia fell to 1-10 and is scheduled to host Lakeview on Friday, Feb. 4.