Meridian's defense managed to limit Friend to score a combined 17 points for three quarters, while the Mustangs had just enough offense to hold off Friend in a low-scoring, 32-29 victory played Feb. 10 on the Bulldogs' home court.
Meridian forged out to a 10-6 lead after one quarter, and widened its lead to 18-11 at half, behind five second quarter points from Eric Bartels.
Points were tough to come by for both teams in the third quarter, as the two squads combined for just nine points.
Meridian was able to maintain its lead in the fourth quarter by hitting 5-7 free throws, including 4-4 at the stripe by Bartels.
Bartels topped the (5-14) Mustangs with a game-high 14 points, Kyle Rohr, six points, Cody Nolte, five points, Shane Roesler, three points, and Blake Miller and Riley Meyer notched two points apiece.