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Mustangs Outgamed By Newport
51-50
As Rally From 11 Point Halftime
Deficit Comes Up Short
Coaching high school basketball is a series of incredible
highs, depressing lows, and somewhere in the middle
is a lot of time spent searching for answers.
This "New Era" Mustangs team has proven over and
again that they can win the "big one," beating Christian
County to capture the Ashland Invitational Tournament
and going into Scott and bringing home the 37th
District Top Seed.  But in the last few ballgames we
seem to have slipped into the "searching for answers"
category.
The Mustangs have dropped their last four games and
while nobody will fault them for the near-misses
against Bardstown and Highlands, or maybe even the
Tuesday after the "A" State loss to Mason County,
even the team themselves have to be scratching their
collective heads after dropping a disappointing
one-point loss at Newport 51-50 on Tuesday night.
Twenty minutes after our JVs dismantled the JV
Wildcats, the varsity game appeared to be more of the
same as our varsity ran out to a quick 6-0 lead, which
quickly became a 10-3 bulge, and the Mustangs
appeared well on their way to getting off of the 15 win
mark and putting an end to the three-game skid that
they entered Tuesday night's game on.
But basketball games are thirty-two minutes long and
the Newport Wildcats are an athletic bunch capable of
winning the big one themselves on occasion, as
evidenced by their beating NCC earlier in the campaign.
The Mustangs seven point advantage would be short
lived as the Wildcats embarked on a 7-0 run that tied
the game at ten just into the second period.  Brossart
responded by poking a head back in front at 12-10 with
5:58 to play in the half, but the Cats knotted it back up
at 12-12 before going on a 15-4 run resulting in an
eleven point Mustang deficit at 27-16 going to the
locker-room at halftime.
We emerged properly focused to start the third period
that would serve as a catch-up quarter, with the
Mustangs narrowing the Cats advantage to three at
31-28, outscoring them 12-4, and in the enviable
position of having Big Mo in a Green Uniform with the
Wildcats hearing hoofbeats to start the final stanza.
When the Mustangs took the lead at 32-31 with
6:35 to go in the game it appeared that the Cats had
taken their best shot and that the Mustangs would
continue on to head back to Alexandria unscathed in
this NKAC Division II contest.
But sometimes stories don't go exactly according to
script and it appears that the Mustangs exhausted all of
thier resources in catching the Cats, while the home
team still had some gas left in the tank.
After three lead changes the Cats drew back off to a
39-35 lead at the 4:09 mark, and built that to a 46-40
lead 1:37 out.  The Mustangs responded by cutting the
Cats lead to a point at 47-46 on a Josh Kidney basket in
traffic, and again to 49-48 after two Wildcat
free-throws and a basket by Troy Cooper with :20.5 to
go.  Our Stangs had a chance to grab the lead with
:13.4 but missed consecutive free-throws and two
freebies by James Glenn on the other end slammed the
door on
the Mustangs come-from-behind chances when the
Mustangs were forced to foul with 8.9 left in the game
sending the Mustangs who played without the services
of Nathan Mutsch back to Alexandria on a four-game
skid and seeking answers.
An impending Thursday night encounter with the NCC
Thoroughbreds on the Carothers Road Hill may be just
what the doctor ordered to get this team out of their
late-season funk and back to their winning ways.  It
won't come easy however, as the Breds knocked off
9th Region Top-Dawgs, Holmes while the Mustangs
were doing battle on the other side of town.

Box Score:  Kidney 5-0-2/3-12, Seiter 2-0-0/0-4,
     Lubbers 5-0-2/2-12, Uebel 3-0-1/2-7,
     Cooper 6-0-3/7-15

Total Mustangs:  21-0- 8/14 -50     15-9     1-3
Total Newport:   11-6-11/13 -51
JVs Put On Execution Clinic
Topple Newport 49-33
Improve To 3-1 In NKAC
The JVs continue to play their best ball of the season,
routing the Newport JVs 49-33 in a game that wasn't
that close.
The impressive thing about the JVs beating Newport
wasn't that they won - it was how they won, putting
on an exhibition of offensive execution allowing them
to put the game away early, blowing out to an 18-5
lead after a period and 23-8 by intermission.  A 15-10
third quarter by the Stangs erased any thoughts of a
comeback by the home team as the Mustangs led
38-18 when Kyle Kramer and Matt Lloyd adjourned to
the locker-room to prepare for the varsity encounter.
Newport gained a slight 15-11 advantage in the final
period, closing the gap to 49-33 as the Mustang JVs
improve to 3-1 in the NKAC Conference Race and
15-6 overall.
The Mustangs put three scorers in double figures, led
by Greg Stortz with 11 points, and followed closely by
Ben Ridder and Matthew Hansman with 10 apiece.
Josh Tolson led the Wildcats with 16 points, including
four from beyond the arc.

Box Score:  Lloyd 1-0-0/0-2, Rebholz 1-1-0/2.5,
     Niemeyer 0-0-2/2-2, Ridder 5-0-0/0-10,
     Kramer 1-1-2/2-7, Hertzenberg 0-0-2/2-2,
     Hansman 4-0-2/4-10, Stortz 5-0-1/3-11

Totals Mustangs:  17-2-9/15-49    15-6   3-1
Totals Wildcats:    10-4- 1/2-33