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Mustangs Shooting Woes Contribute
To Their Ouster From The "A" State
Tournament By Hazard 41-30
February 3, 2005
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Of
Tim Cooper
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"When things go wrong as they sometimes will"........ begins a
motivational card that I carried through my military days and
have since memorized.  Today in the spotlight of the Touchstone
Energy "A" State Tournament in the fourth quarter "go wrong"
reared its ugly head and our "Return To Richmond" became
much too brief of a stay, ending in heartbreak and frustration
once again at the hands of the Hazard Bulldogs who edged the
Mustangs for a State Title just one short year ago in this same
venue.

Sporting a 13-3 record, a breeze through the 10th Region "A"
Tournament, an outstanding showing in the Fifth-Third Bank
Classic back in December, played without the services of one of
our top players, and an all-time high in school spirit and
enthusiasm for this team, all lent credence to the hope that this
would be the year the Brossart Mustangs captured the "A" State
Championship and brought the heavy hardware back to the
Avenue of Champions.

The Mustangs entered the tournament tabbed a slight
favorite to cut down the nets on Sunday night, but as we
horse players are well aware, there is no such thing as a
sure thing and favorites only win 33% of the time.

The contest started on a bad note with the Mustangs
giving up a pair of layups and spotting the Dawgs a four
point lead.  Not to worry - after a quick inspirational 30
second time out by Head Coach Mike Code, the Mustangs
went on a 9-0 run to take a 9-4 lead, which was short-lived
and trimmed to 10-9 at the end of the first period.  The two
teams battled on relatively even terms throughout the second
quarter, with Hazard edging the Stangs 8-7 to knot the game
at 17 at intermission.  Evan McDole carried the Mustangs
through the first half, scoring nine of the Mustangs seventeen
points while recording 10 rebounds as our shots failed to find
their marks from beyond the arc. The two teams again slugged it
out through the third quarter which saw the Mustangs poke a
nose back in front at 24-23, despite the fact that we were
experiencing shooting woes from the field and experiencing a
living nightmare from the free-throw line, connecting on only 3
of 13...... Certainly, things would improve in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Smith drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to open
the final period and the Mustangs enjoyed a four point lead at
27-23, hoping to build on the lead and bury the Bulldogs.  
However, it was then that the Dawgs went on a 9-0 run on two
Mustang turnovers which resulted in two Hazard scores, giving
the underdawgs a 32-27 lead, enroute to laying an 18-3 run on
the Stangs, cutting our stay in Richmond short and sending the
Green Team back to the Avenue of Champions empty-handed.

The Mustangs failed Dr. Naismith's most fundamental criteria for
success at the game of basketball - Failure to put the ball in the
peach-basket.
Box Score:  Mustangs:  Seiter 0-1-1/2-4,
              McCarthy 2-0-0/0-4, Cooper 1-0-1/4-3,
              Smith 2-1-0/4-7, McDole 5-0-2/4-12   
  Totals:  10-2-4/14-30   OR-12    DR-25   TR-37   TO-16
  
              Bulldogs:  (2)Hoskins 3-1-0/0-9,
              (10)Olinger 4-0-1/2-9,
              (15)Bailey 1-0-0/0-2, (23)Patrick 2-0-1/2-5,
              (42)Walker 2-0-0/0-4,
              (55)Washington 0-0-5/5-5
  Totals:  14-2-7/9-41    OR-6      DR-22   TR-28   TO-12
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