Lingleville's boys (1-2) opened tournament play in Gustine with their first victory of the young season Thursday morning.

The Cardinals, sparked by 19 points by Robert VanKranenburg in his return, ran over Mullin 50-26. They advance to face Granbury NCTA or Gustine JV at 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Lingleville built a big early lead with a 17-4 first-quarter surge, and had no problems finishing off Mullin with a 15-5 fourth-quarter push to give new head coach Kade Eckert his first win as a Cardinal.

"It feels good, but we're still not playing to our fullest potential," said Eckert. We've just had five practices and three games, but I feel like it's starting to come around. As long as we're ready come Christmas and especially in January, we'll be in good shape."

Mullin had a hard time scoring in the half court against Lingleville's improved defense.

"We had been struggling in our half-court defense, but it was a little better (Thursday)," Eckert said. "That's what we're looking to do is to improve a little every game and every practice."

The Cards also picked up nine points from Ruperto Huerta, six from Joe Silva, four each from Tucker Click and Jaden Stoker, three each from Edwin Chacon and Tim Griffin and two from Agapito Huerta.