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CovCath Overcomes
Mustang Rally
To Win First Ever In
SyDome 56-52
Credit the CovCath Colonels, who may have kicked us
a bit while we were down, but came into a place where
they had never won before, fell behind by 7, went ahead
by 14, fell behind by 1, and then took care of business
down the stretch to make their record 3-1 in Alexandria
and take a 5-4 lead in the Brossart-CovCath Series.
Again tonight, nobody's going to fault our effort, when
down by 14 just into the second half we could have rolled
over, played dead, and felt sorry for ourselves, but we
don't roll over play dead, or feel sorry for ourselves.  We
battled back to make a game of it and actually take the
lead 47-46 at the 3:33 mark in the fourth quarter and
thoughts of history repeating itself and the Mustangs
maintaining their dominance over the Colonels in "our
house" flirting around in our heads, the Colonels stepped
up and showed why they are one of the big favorites to
represent the 9th Region at Rupp in two weeks, going on
a 10-2 run and dashing any thoughts that we had of
taking them out on this night.  Key shots by Todd Jacabs,
Joe Landrum, and Michael Young would send the
Mustangs skid to six games, but with nothing to be
ashamed of.
I think it is safe to declare the recent slump behind us as
the Mustangs were much healthier and better rested than
a week ago when we were hardly ambulatory down on
NewCath's hill.  While we certainly missed the services
of Junior Starter Josh Kidney and Senior Guard Adam
Franzen is playing with a severely banged up left hand,
the Mustangs are a much healthier group than they were
a week ago.
I look for them to start a whole new streak, this one on
the other side of the ledger on Friday night when we
travel to St. Henry which will carry us through the
district tournament and into the Regionals in the
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Seniors Adam Franzen, Brad Seiter, and Kyle Lubbers
played their last game in the SyDome last night and all of
our parents along with their sons and daughters who
cheerlead, play, keep statistics, or sing the National
Anthem were also honored between JV and Varsity
In the game itself the Mustangs showed that they came to
play and must have caused the Colonels more than a few
flashbacks as we quickly ran out to a 7-zip lead to open
the game, before the Colonels went on a 12-4 run of their
own to take the lead at 12-11 with 1:42 to go in the first
quarter.  The Colonels would push that lead out to 17-11,
extending the run to 17-4, at the end of the first period as
Danny Noll put up a trio of field-goals and Kurk Bovard
drilled a pair of 3's to spearhead the Colonels rally.
Billy Schult came from off the bench and hit for three
buckets to sustain the Colonels dominancy into the
second period as the Mustangs best offense was the free
throw line where we connected on six of six from the
stripe while falling behind 32-21 at halftime.
When Tim Tierney hit a 3-ball out of the locker room to
make it a 14 point Colonel lead it looked like lights out for
the Mustangs on this night - but as we have come to
learn, these guys are never out of a ballgame and started
to chip away at the CovCath lead from that point.
At the 4:53 mark the lead had been trimmed to 8 at 35-27
and when the Colonels got stuck on 35 the Mustangs
closed to within four points at 35-31before the Colonels
were able to escape the 35 pitfall and run back out to a
nine point lead at 40-31.
Troy Cooper kept the Mustangs in the game with his
patented baseline move and Kyle Lubbers hit on four of
four from the stripe making it a seven point game after
three periods with the Colonels on top 44-37.
Cooper continued to get key big man baskets into the
fourth quarter as the Mustangs put momentum in a white
jersey and closed the gap to one at 46-45 with 4:54 to go
and then actually took the lead 47-46 a minute later.
CovCath remained cool under fire and again got big
buckets from Todd Jacobs and a huge hoop from Joe
Landrum off of the bench to retake the lead and prevail
down the stretch to claim their first victory in Alexandria
in four attempts 56-52 despite being outscored 31-24 in
the second half..
Again, the Mustangs could not be faulted for their effort
and although we missed four consecutive key
free-throws donw the stretch we still managed to knock
in 14 of 19 on the night.

Box Score:  Seiter 1-1-2/2-7, Franzen 1-0-2/3-4,
     Lubbers 1-0-6/6-8, Uebel 3-0-2/3-8,
     Mutsch 2-1-0/0-7, Cooper 8-0-2/5-18

Totals Mustangs:   16-2-14/19-52        15-11
Total Colonels:      17-6-    4/4-56        18-10
JVs Stymied By NoKyJV
Champs 48-36
Our JV Mustangs who have been playing brilliant
basketball of late since winning the 37th District
championship followed by impressive wins over
Highlands and NCC, met their match in the Covington
Catholic Colonels in their home finale, falling 48-36 in a
game where they never really got untracked or lauched a
meaningful rally.
The Colonels outscored the Mustangs in each of the
four quarters played 7-5, 15-10, 13-11, and 13-10.
Chris Roll led all scorers with 14 points, hitting a 3 in
each of the four quarters.  Brossart put eight scorers in
the scoring column, led by Kyle Kramer with 8 points.
CovCath improved to 24-3 with the win and our
Mustangs will go into a key NKAC Divison II JV game
on Friday night at St. Henry with a 16-7 mark.