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Mustangs Refuse To Lose
In 57-55 Win Over Scott After
Trailing By 11 at Halftime In
37th District Championship Game
Even after coaching in three "Sweet Sixteen" State
Tournaments, the State Championship game, and the
Kentucky-Indiana All-Stars, Coach Mike Code won his
first ever district championship as a head coach with a
come-from-behind 57-55 win over the Scott Eagles in
the Championship Game of the 37th District tournament.

The Scott Eagles dominated the first half from the
opening tip, blowing out to a 21-12 first quarter lead,
which increased to 31-20 at the half after having been as
much as fourteen late in the second period.

These New Era Mustangs have been known to dig out
of some deep holes this season but never against a
quality opponent like Scott, or in such a high profile
game.

The first three minutes of the second half would be
crucial in assertaining whether the Mustangs would put
themselves in a position to rally back and make a game
of it or sit back and watch the Scott Eagles cut down
the Middle School nets and claim the advantageous draw
position of going into next week's 10th Region
Tournament a winner.

A quick Jimmy Uebel bucket to start the second half
would set the tone for the Mustangs' comeback effort
and would spearhead a 12-1 Mustangs run that would tie
the game with 3:07 left to play in the third period.  Uebel
would personally score eight points in the pivitol third
quarter after going scoreless in the first half, and Nathan
Mutsch would produce six, his first scoring tallies of the
night, and Troy Cooper two, as the Mustangs found
themselves down only two points 38-36 going into the
fourth quarter with the 37th Distirct Title on the line.

The Mustangs and Eagles would go toe to toe in the
fourth period, with the Mustangs taking their first lead of
the game since the early moments of the contest at
40-38 with 6:46 to go, but would fall behind at 49-48 at
the 3:01 mark.  The Mustangs would again muster a
rally which would put them back in front by as much as
four points at 53-49 just under a minute before Nathan
Sharp would bury an NBA three to draw the Eagles to
within a point at 53-52 with 48 seconds to play.  
Brossart would again apparently have the game salted
away by extending their lead to five points at 57-52 with
:21 to play on the continued good free-throw shooting of
Uebel and Mutsch who combined to hit eight of eight
blue-chip free-throws down the stretch.  
Another Nathan Sharp long-distance arial would make it
57-55 with time running out and the Eagles out of time
outs, while the Mustangs allowed the time to expire and
emerged as 37th District Champions.

Kyle Lubbers played a great ballgame, scoring seven
points when we needed them most in the fourth quarter,
with several buckets coming on Brad Seiter and Jimmy
Uebel assists.  Lubbers would be named tournament
MVP capping off the career of this freshman project
turned tournament hero who took the Scotty Ruth path
to high school hoops stardom.  Uebel, Mutsch, and Troy
Cooper were also named to the All-Tournament team.

Scott Super-Sub Sophomore Danny Miller led all Scott
scorers with 14 points and made a major contribution as
the Eagles just missed scoring the district title in their
first-appearance in a 10th Region district tournament.

Box Score Mustangs:  Kidney 2-0-0/0-4,
Seiter 0-0-2/2-2,  Franzen 1-0-0/0-2,
Lubbers 7-0-1/2-15, Uebel 1-0-8/12-10,
Mutsch 3-0-8/8-14, Cooper 5-0-0/0-10

Box Score Eagles:  Howard 4-0-2/3-10,
McCord 0-1-0/0-3, Quigley 5-0-0/2-10,
Whitehead 0-1-1/2-4, Sharp 2-3-1/2-11,
Miller 2-2-4/6-14

Totals Mustangs:  19-0-19/24-57     18-11
Totals Eagles:       13-7-  8/15-55     15-13   

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