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37th District Semi-Finals Game
E.J. Murray Shoots Down Mustangs
District and Regional Hopes With
Bomb At The Buzzer As Eagles Prevail 46-44
Drops Curtain on 2007-08 Season and Playing Careers Of Seniors
Greg Stortz, Ben Ridder, and Zach Hertzenberg
A large, enthusiastic partisan Mustangs  crowd was on
hand to root for their team last night at the Campbell
County Middle School where the 07-08 Mustangs
attempted to extend their season in a semi-finals bout
with the Scott Eagles.
They got their money's worth, but the movie had a sad
ending.
The 07-08 Mustangs, intent on adding a regional
tournament appearance to their resume, came out
shooting as Greg Stortz, on a mission, knocked in three
baskets,
and Joey Webb put up five points including a "3" ball,
giving the Stangs an 11-8 lead after the first period of
play.
The Mustangs maintained a one-point lead at halftime
as Mitch Patterson and Justin Morscher nailed
long-range bombs.
The Eagles attempted to take over the game early on
in the second half as they ran out to a 27-23 midway
through the third period before the Stangs could right
the ship and draw back to within one point at 29-28
with eight minutes left in somebody's season
We dominated the first half of the final stanza by unleashing an
effective press, resulting in a 37-29 lead with 4:52 to go, and
39-33 when Jacob Rieger fouled out of the game, allowing the
Eagles an advantage in the rebounding category, utilizing this edge
to get several rebounds on missed free-throws as the Eagles
chipped away at the Mustangs lead.
With 1:07 to play in the game, the Eagles drew even at 43-43, but
when Drew Kremer hit the front end of a bonus with 6.7 seconds
showing on the clock giving the Stangs a 44-43 lead, it appeared
that the Mustangs might survive and advance to the 37th District
Championship Game and earn a berth in the upcoming 10th
Region Tournament.
Nick Hiller grabbed Drew's errant second  charity toss and
scrambled up the floor with time expiring, when he momentarily
lost the handle, prior to advancing the ball to E.J. Murray in the
coffin corner, who put up a 3-point attempt with Greg Stortz in his
mug
just ahead of the horn, and hit nothing but net.  
Sudden victory is certainly sweet, and we have been in that position more often
that not in recent years, but tonight the 07-08 Mustangs took the bullet right
through the heart, and the curtain dropped suddenly on our season, as well as
the playing careers of Greg Stortz, Ben Ridder, and Zach Hertzenberg.
The Scott Eagles will advance to Saturday night's 37th District Championship
game at 7pm and be one of our district's representatives in next week's 10th
Regional
Tournament.
Our Mustangs finish this transition season at 15-13.
They improved with each ensuing practice and game and now carry the label of
'veteran ballclub."
Congratulations to Coach Mike Code, his staff, and this team on a season of
overachievment!  
Box Score:  Patterson 0-1-2/2-5, Armstrong 0-0-2/2-2,
     Webb 3-1-0/1-9, Morscher 0-1-1/2-4,
     Kremer 3-0-1/3-7, Rieger 3-0-1/2-7,
     Stortz 5-0-0/0-10    Totals:  14-2-7/12-44   15-13
The Eagles were led by Nick Hiller with 13 points.  E.J. Murray had 11
including the game winner.
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