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History Repeats Itself As Mustangs
Fail To Overcome The
Harrison County Hilltop Hex
Are Upset By Breds 48-46
History indeed repeated itself last night on the hilltop in
Cynthiana where the Harrison County Thorobreds proved
to be a much more formidable opponent on their home
floor than at The Fieldhouse last Thursday night when our
Mustangs had their way with these same  Breds by a
59-38 score.  The same scenerio played out in 2003 when
the Stangs beat the Breds handily in the MCIT and then
were upset on the hilltop in the return engagement.
In addition to the Mustangs never having an easy time of it
in Cynthiana, several things changed last night in that
James Mullins, who was a no-show in the MCIT game
returned to the Thorobred lineup and reported in with a 10
point performance and was a presence throughout the
ballgame.
Brossart struggled from the field hitting on only 2 of 17
attempts from beyond the arc and 14 of 51 overall from
the field on the night and while we were 16 of 24 from the
free-throw line, failed to take advantage of the Breds woes
at the charity stripe in the second half where they
connected on only 2 of 12.
Mustang big men combined for 34 points led by a 15 point
effort by Nathan Mutsch.  Troy Cooper put 14 on the
board and Kyle Lubbers added 5.
Brossart fell behind 18-10 after one period of play, but
went on an 8-0 run to start the second period and tied the
game at 18 giving we Mustangs fans the warm, fuzzy
feeling that everything was OK and that our guys would
go on to run away and hide from the homestanding Breds
given time.
Not to be - Harrison County would battle back to tie the
game at 25 at halftime as the Stangs failed to establish any
offensive consistency.
In the MCIT game the Mustangs emerged from the
lockeroom and salted the game away with a 15-4 third
period, but that was then and this is now, and it became all
too evident when the Stangs fell behind 39-32 after three
quarters that our character would be tested on the hilltop.
Sensing the urgency, our Stangs stepped it up a notch and
tied the ballgame at 43 on two Troy Cooper free-throws
with 2:41 to play before the Breds again extended the lead
to 47-44 with 1:37 to play before the margain was
narrowed by a Nathan Mutsch basket to make it 47-48
at the :52 second mark.  Harrison County did hit their
second free-throw of the half to make it a 46-48 game
with Brossart in possession of the ball where we got three
good looks, but failed to put the ball in the basket as time
expired just ahead of a Jimmy Uebel stickback to preserve
the victory for the home team.  Julius Talbert, who was
held to four points in our previous encounter, led all
scorers with 21 points and Mullins finished the game with
10.
The Mustangs will return to the practice floor in
preparation for Calvary Christian on Saturday and Scott
next Tuesday in two all-important 37th District Seeding
contests.

BOX SCORE:  Seiter 1-1-2/4-7, Franzen 0-1-0/0-3,
       Lubbers 2-0-1/2-5, Uebel 0-0-2/2-2,
       Mutsch 5-0-5/6-15, Cooper 4-0-6/10-14
     
       Totals Mustangs:  12-2-16/24-46     8-4   2-1
       Totals Breds:        16-3- 7/17-48
JVs Nosed In Second Photo
Finish In As Many Games
Fall to Breds 29-28
The Mustang JVs continued to play in hard luck,
dropping their second one-point photo finish in as many
games, after falling 36-35 to Montgomery County on
Saturday in the finals of the MCIT Tournament and
dropping a 29-28 decision last night to Harrison County.
The Breds controlled the first half, leading 5-4 after a
quarter and 13-11 at the half, after Brossart had taken a
10-8 lead shorly before intermission.
The Mustangs led 15-13 and 17-15 before falling behind
17-19 and then regaining the lead at 21-19 after three
quarters.
Seven unanswered points by the Breds proved them a
26-21 lead with 2:47 to go.  Kyle Kramer spearheaded a
Mustang rally with a pair of free-throws and a huge
3-pointer with :46 to go, but that would be as close as we
would come as the Stangs come up short 28-29.
Kyle Kramer led the Stangs with 11 points and Luke
Rebholz added 8 as the JV Mustangs fall to 6-5 on the
season.

Box Score:  Lloyd 0-0-0/1-0, Rebholz 3-0-2/2-8,
      Niemeyer 1-0-0/2-2, Kramer 3-1-2/2-11,
      Hansman 1-0-2/4-4, Stortz 0-0-1/2-1

      Total Mustangs:  9-1-7/15-28     6-5     1-1
      Total Breds:      10-2- 3/8 -29