Coach Willie Schlarman's
Senior Laden Bluebirds Eek Out
53-49 Win Over Our Mustangs
Even Up The Code-Schlarman Series At One Apiece
JV's Turn In Top Effort Of The Season
Down The JV Bluebirds 45-34 As
Hansman, Kramer, and Stortz All
Turn In Double Figure Performances
Hansman Dominates The Glass
In a classic battle between two of Northern
Kentucky's top hoops squads, Highlands managed to
pull out a 53-49 win over our Mustangs in what
former Xavier Head Coach Pete Gillen would have
correctly labeled "A Wahhh".
Both teams lived up to their billing as being big and
physical resulting in much contact, reminiscent of the
game that is played on the artifical surface in
Highlands' back yard.  Every dribble, pass, and shot
was contested and the nearer you were to the basket
the more punishment was administered by each
teams' big men.  The paint was not a friendly place to
be and not a habitat for the frail or faint-hearted.
The Mustangs got things underway by running out to
an 11-6 first period advantage but were caught by the
Birds at the 6:04 mark in the second period at 12-12.  
Brossart re-established a 20-16 lead with 1:09 to go in
the half on a Kyle Lubbers basket on an assist by Josh
Kidney, but again the Birds would battle back to make
it a 22-21 game with the Stangs on top at intermission.
The second half was more of the same as there were
three ties and  four lead-changes before the third
quarter expired with the Stangs clinging to a 37-36
lead.
Highlands would show why they are 19-3 early in the
fourth quarter as they mounted a mini-rally which
would give them a 42-37 lead with 5:24 to go in the
game.  This lead would grow to six at 44-38 at the
3:52 mark and then bulge to their biggest lead of the
night at 46-38 at the 3:34 mark.
The Mustangs battled back, cutting the Birds lead to
two at 47-45 with :57 remaining, but a pair of Ben
Guidugli free-throws and a breakaway layup by Jeff
Vories would give Coach Willie Schlarman and his
Birds a hard-earned 53-49 win over his former
charges.
Kyle Lubbers was a warrior again tonight leading the
Stangs with 16 points.  Troy Cooper added 13.  
Jimmy Uebel knocked in 7 poiints , Josh Kidney and
Brad Seiter contributed 4 each, Adam Franzen 3, and
Nathan Mutsch 2.  Highlands outscored the
Mustangs 12-3 from beyond the arc, while the
Mustangs had the upper hand at the charity stripe,
connecting on 18 of 24 vs 13 of 22 for the Birds.  
Highlands improves to 19-3, while the Mustangs fall
to 15-7.  They were led by Jeff Vories with 18, Ben
Guidugli with 13 and the sophomore Nic Simons
with 10.

Box Score:  Kidney 1-0-2/2-4, Seiter 2-0-0/0-4,
   Franzen 1-0-1/-3, Lubbers 5-0-6/6-16,
   Uebel 1-1-2/2-7, Mutsch 0-0-2/2-2,
   Cooper 4-0-5/8-13

    Total Mustangs:  14-1-18/24-49   15-8   1-2
    Total Bluebirds:   14-4-13/22-53   19-3
On the eve of the 37th District JV Tournament, our
guys put together their top effort of the season,
dominating the bigger Bird JVs for twenty-four
minutes in notching a 45-34 NKAC Division II
Conference road win.  Coach Rowe's stratagy of
benching his starters the final four minutes of the
Mason County game seemed to have the desired
effect as our guys came out committed and focused
while getting the job done, playing near-flawless
basketball.  Highlands managed to lead 5-2 at the 2:55
mark in the first period before the Stangs pushd
ahead 11-9 after the first period. They maintained the
lead thoughout the second period, taking a 21-17
advantage to the locker-room at the half and then ran
away and hid in the final two stanzas.  Matthew
Hansman led all scorers with 12 points and 8 boards
and Kyle Kramer and Greg Stortz both contributed
double figures with ten apiece.  Bryan Niemeyer put
up 8, Ben Ridder and Curtis Rooooberg scored two
each and Matt Lloyd sunk a free-throw for the now
12-6 Brossart Mustang JVs.

Box Score:  Lloyd 0-0-1/2-1, Ruberg 0-0-2/2-2,
   Niemeyer 3-0-2/2-8, Ridder 1-0-0/3-2,
   Kramer 1-2-2/5-10, Hansman 4-0-4/4-12,
   Stortz 5-0-0/0-10

   Total Mustangs:  14-2-11/18-45    12-6   2-1
   Total Bluebirds:   12-2-   4/9-34
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