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Mustangs Don't Back Down
Give 8 Time "A" State Champs
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HA A Run For Their Money
February 1, 2008
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Great showing by our guys in the 2008 All "A" State Tournament this week in
Richmond!  They not only took out Lexington Christian on Thursday night, but
gave mighty University Heights and their two Divison I prospects a run for their
money.
Sophomore Jacob Rieger learned a valuable lesson - don't mess with success.  
Prior to the St. Patrick, Calvary Christian, and Lexington Christian wins, Ham and
Turkey Sub Sandwiches were the pre-game fare.  On Friday, we switched it up to
pizza and look what happened - we lost to UHA.
If the players honestly believe that it was the pizza and not the 18 turnovers that
resulted in 21 points, and two guys named Tyshawn Edmondson and Scotty
Hopson that was responsible for their demise - so be it.  Rieger didn't seemed
convinced.  I think that in two years when Rieger and his classmates are seniors,
I better get in the mood for an extended run of sub sandwiches.  Or maybe we
play well when staying at Super 8's.  The last time was in 2000, when we upset
Graves County at Rupp!
Brossart battled the Blazers early on by resorting to a little "Willieball" by dictating
a slow tempo, and it worked.  We led 2-0, 5-2, and 5-4, and trailed by only four
after a quarter at 14-10.  The margain was still four with 2:53 to go in the second
quarter at 23-19, when the Blazers went on a 7-3 run to take a 27-19 lead to the
locker room at halftime.   We cut the UHA lead to six 34-28 early on in the fourth
quarter, 34-28 and the ball in the air that would have made it four, gotten the
crowd into it, and forced a UHA timeout.  But the shot was off the mark, UHA
rebounded and scored, going on to a 46-32 win over our valiant Mustangs.  
Hopson was held to 19 and Edmondson 12.
The fact that instead of joy and jubilation over a seemingly moral victory, there
were tears and heartbreak in our locker room following the UHA loss, speaks
volumes about the spirit and will-to-win possessed by these '08 Mustangs.
If the Mustangs can emerge from this tournament the beneficiary of the
experience and the resolve to move forward, things could get mighty interesting
in the upcoming 37th District tournament and for the remainder of the regular
season.
We feel that we have represented the 10th Region well this week in Richmond
and like McArthur - vow to return!

Box Score:  Patterson 0-1-0/0-3, Armstrong 0-1-0/0-3, Webb 1-2-0/0-8,
                Kremer 2-0-4/4-8, Rieger 1-0-1/6-3, Hertzenberg 0-1-0/0-3
                Stortz 2-0-0/0-4, Hanneken 0-1-0/0-3                      
                Totals BB:  6-6-5/10-35     Totals UHA:   16, 2-8/13-46
The fact that instead of joy and jubilation over a seemingly moral victory
there were tears and heartbreak in our locker room following the UHA
loss, speaks volumes about the spirit and will-to- win possessed by these
'08 Mustangs.
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