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Mr. Tim Cooper
Pendelton Prevails 45-43 On
Jon Elrod Heroics In Final Seconds Of
The Game Over The Mustangs
Janury 18, 2005
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The fans who came to Falmouth and paid their
four bucks certainly got their money's worth
tonight in the 10th Region Feature game
arguably conducted between its top two teams,
the Brossart Mustangs and the Pendleton
County Wildcats.
After trailing early on, the Mustangs took the
lead at the 4:15 mark in the first quarter and led
every step of the way until the :26 second mark
of the final period when the Cats put a
short-lived nose in front at 43-42 on a Keaton
Belcher steal and layup, only to have the
Mustangs tie the contest with :14.2 remaining
on a Steve McCarthy front end of a one-bonus.  
The missed back end of opened the door for the
Cats, and Junior Jon Elrod specifically to drive a
stake throught the hearts of the Mustangs and
their fans on a contested baseline "runnin' right
hander" with :1.7 to go.  The Mustangs could
only watch their lifeblood spill out on the PCHS
floor since they were out of time outs.
It was a great ballgame which will go down in
history as a classic and will be talked about for a
long, long, time.
While the loss is heartwrenching for the
Mustangs and gratifying for the Cats, it merely
equates as a "trip over the track" for both teams
who could face extinction in the non-seeded
38th District Tournament come the first week in
March.
Brossart failed to get the job done at the
free-throw line where we shot a miserly 6/14,
including 1 of 5 when the game was on the line
in the fourth quarter.  Brossart led by as much
as eight points at the 1:31 point in the second
quarter and took a six point lead to the
locker-room at halftime.  The Cats cut into the
Mustang lead shortly after intermission making
it a one point game at 24-23 with 5:39 to go in
the third quarter and would open back out to a
five point advantage on two occasions 30-25 at
the 3:29 mark in the third quarter and again
40-35 with 4:42 to play in the game.
It will come down the the luck of the draw to
see if these two teams, both ranked in State
polls, draw in the same bracket or opposite each
other come post season play.  The potential next
encounter with the Cats will come in the 38th
District Tournament at Bracken County High
School.
Senior Mustang Steve McCarthy carried his
team through the first half as "Big Mac"
accounted for ten of the Mustangs twenty-two
points and would finish the night as the
Mustangs leader in the scorebook with 13
points.  Jason Cooper picked up the slack in the
second half connecting on two long-range
bombs, putting up ten points in a valient effort.  
Brad Seiter did a masterful job at point guard
and accounted for seven points on the evening
and Kevin Smith literally controlled the tempo of
the game and did all of the great intangible
things he has become famous for while only
putting five points on the board. Evan McDole
who ran into foul trouble in the second half put
up seven points but was up to the task of
battling PCo big men Elliot and Belcher all night
on
the boards.
Coach Mike Code again specifically requested
that I publicly commend our sizable, spirited
student section and our NOW OFFICIAL
BAND and its director  Matt Grosser, and thank
them for traveling to Falmouth to support their
Mustangs - very impressive .
I notice that Captain Carl Richardson and a few
of his pals were wearing SyCenter Psychotic
T-Shirts - Nice Touch!!!!!