Mustangs Continue To Improve
Battle Highlands For Four Quarters
Fall To Bigger-Badder Birds 43-33

December 15, 2004
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At the moment this freshmen team is not
being judged by wins and losses, but by their
ability to compete and show continued
improvement game to game.

Two nights ago vs Dixie Heights these
Mustangs outplayed their 4-A rivals for
nearly three quarters until the wheels came
off.  Tonight vs Highlands the Mustangs
again showed major improvement and put
together four complete quarters of basketball,
albeit with a few misques and continued
room for major improvement.  Nineteen
turnovers is the stat that requires prompt
attention - sometimes we simply throw the
ball away, boxing off and rebounding is
another, and increased accuracy from the
free throw line needs also to be addressed.

The Mustangs battled the Birds to a three
point deficit 14-11 after a period and trailed
only 18-15 at the half as Adam Clark
provided much of the offensive output with
seven first half points.  The Mustangs also
shredded the Birds press, causing them to
take a time-out and abandon the full-court
strategy until they could get to the
locker-room and talk it over.

The Stangs fell behind 31-22 after three
quarters but then did an amazing thing.  
Instead of panicking and throwing in the
towel we instead dug in deeper and fought
back..  Sparked by a Brandon Cummins
three-ball and a pair of layups by Ryan
Neltner and Ben Ridder we rallied to within
two points at 33-31 with 4:02 to play in the
contest.  At the 3:27 mark the Mustangs lost
their big man Greg Stortz, (who also showed
signs of wanting to go to war by putting us
six points) via the foul route, and flattened
out a bit, allowing the Birds to go on a 10-2
run, eight of which came from the
free-throw line as the Mustangs were forced
to foul.  A Nick Bezold put-back would end
the Mustangs scoring for the night, but the
home team earned the respect of the
Bluebirds who had cruised in thier previous
three wins.

Things won't get any easier for the Mustang
greenies as they will host Cincinnati Oak Hills
on Saturday night in the lidlifter of the
Freshmen/JV doubleheader at 5:30pm and
7:00pm.  The games will be broadcast live on
the internet.

Our thanks to Mr. Tim Cooper who came in
specifically to shoot some photos of the
Brossart Freshmen for use on the website.
Box Score:  Brossart:  Ridder 2-0-2/4-6, Neltner 1-0-3/5-5, Cummins 0-1-0/0-3,
Clark 3-0-1/2-7, Bezold 1-0-0/0-2, Moore 2-0-0/0-4, Stortz 3-0-0/2-6
Totals Mustangs:  12-1-6/13-33         Mustangs  1-5

Highlands:  Cecil 2-0-0/1-4, Simons 1-0-1/4-3, Ball 2-0-0/1-4, Stein 5-0-2/2-12,
Hurtt 1-0-1/2-3, Eaton 2-0-0/1-4, McGraw 2-1-6/6-13,
Total Bluebirds:  15-1-10/16-43          Birds   4-1
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