Mustangs Beat Oak Hills
In Cintas Center Slugfest 41-36

December 19, 2004
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Eleven-One Run To Start The Second Half Paves Way For Mustangs To Win Our First
Game In The Cintas Center in Four Tries
One Of Kentucky's Smallest High Schools Take Out Ohio's Largest High School
Jason Cooper Hits Two Three Pointers and Three Free-Throws Down the Stretch To
Preserve The Victory And Improve to 5-0 In The Mike Code Era
Ryan Anderson Finds Old Shooting Eye - Nails Three Threes
In listening to the replay of our broadcast of the Oak Hills game from
the Cintas Center, as I had suspected we came down pretty hard on
the Ohio based officials who worked the game.  In all fairness they
really deserved it.  To allow a bigger more physical team to gain an
advantage by beating up our guards, going over the backs of our
forwards and calling the fouls on us, not allowing us to shoot
free-throws on shooting fouls and on and on ranks right there with
some of the most inconsistent officiating we have witnessed in a long
time.  The good news is that we were able to overcome it - and the
fact that when we did get to the line, we didn't convert our
free-throws, or hit our layups, or finish our stickbacks, and played
short-handed should have all been factors that added up to get us beat.  
Instead we staggered out of the Cintas Center 5 and 0.

The fact that we were able to play through all this, lay a little physical
play on the Highlanders themselves in the second half, hit big shots
when we needed them, and survive an Oak Hills rally down the stretch
is a credit to just how tough this team of veteran Mustangs really is.  If
that which don't kill you will make you strong, we should be stronger
for the effort.  Things won't get easier as we take the show on the
road to the 5th/3rd Classic at Lexington Catholic next week.  
Our win over Oak Hills was our first Cintas Center victory in four
attempts although we have been competitive in each.
Throughout the first quarter we struggled to stay close and only a
Ryan Anderson 3-ball allowed us to survive the quarter tied at 10.  The
second quarter was more of the same.  An enchore Anderson "3" put
the Mustangs on top in a short-lived 13-10 lead, which became a
22-19 deficit by halftime.

Strong out of the locker-room the Mustangs worked their third quarter
defensive magic again, holding the Highlanders scoreless for the first 7
minutes and 2 seconds of the third quarter before allowing a single
point on a free-throw, outscoring Oak Hills 11-1 to take a 30-23 lead
into the final stanza. Again, long range shooting accuracy by Jason
Cooper and Ryan Anderson provided the majority of the Mustang
offensive punch.
Brossart led by as much as 10 points 38-28 late in the game but  
allowed the Highlanders to creep back to within three at the 17.1
second mark before pulling away on the merits of two Jason Cooper
free-throws allowing the Mustangs to improve to 5-0 in the Mike
Code era and escape with the 41-36 win.
The Mustangs will break for exams and Christmas and then will head
to Lexington to face the winner of the Clay County/Owensboro
Catholic game at 4:30pm on Monday afternoon in the 5th/3rd Classic
at Lexington Catholic High School
Box Score:       BB: Seiter 0-0-1/3-1, Anderson 0-3-2/2-11,
                   Schenk 0-0-1/3-1, McCarthy 1-0-1/2-3,
                   Mutsch 1-0-2/4-4, J.Cooper 1-2-5/9-13,
                   McDole 2-0-4/4-8
                   Totals:  5-4-16 /28-41

                   OH:  Miller 0-1-2/2-5, McDonough 1-0-0/0-2,
                    Pogue 3-1-0/0-9, Kramer 4-0-3/4-11,
                    Blakely 2-0-0/0-4,  Bardo 2-0-1/2-5
                    Totals:  12-2-6/8-36