|Mustangs Advance To 10th "A"
Finals With 70-41
Win Over Silver Grove
Janury 28, 2005
The Mustangs shot lights out from the perimeter hitting sixteen
standard variety and NINE three-point baskets. Silver Grove, the
supposed masters of the threes, could muster only one 3-Ball in the
first half and finished the night with three under pressure from intense
Kevin Smith got the three-point parade underway by connecting on
three long-range jumpers in the first quarter as the Mustangs ran out
to a 16-5 first period bulge. Brad Seiter kept it going in the second
period by stringing back-to-back home run J's taking us to halftime
with a 28-14 advantage from which the Trains would never recover.
Big Train Blue-chipper Bryant McCarter was held to a single field-goal
in the first half and 13 on the night. In the second half Steve
McCarthy got hot from beyond the arc hitting on two 3-bangers while
Brad Seiter contributed his third of the night as the Mustangs blew out
to a 47-27 lead after three periods. Kevin Smith topped off a sixteen
point night with yet another three, his fourth of the night, and Jason
Cooper who shared scoring honors with Smith, just missed
connecting on a three-ball, as his foot came down just inside the line.
The Mustangs now roll into the 10th Region All "A" Championship
Game with a 12-3 record and will take on the Paris Greyhounds,
50-34 winners over St. Patrick.
I'm sure our seniors will remember being in a similar position four
years ago when they were freshmen and were upended by the
Greyhounds who pulled the upset, sending the Mustangs back to the
classroom during All "A" State Week instead of to Richmond.
That was then and this is now and feel that the lesson of 2002 has
been well learned and our guys will come ready to play Saturday night.
While the Mustangs were deadly from three-point land we are
becoming known as the "Gang That Can't Shoot Free-Throws
Straight" this season. Friday night was an especially poor
demonstration of futility from the line. We rallied late in the game
(hitting 6 of 6) to hit on 11 of 28 for 39% and went one stretch where
we missed nine consecutive Free-Throws.
We are convinced that this slump from the charity-stripe will be
coming to an end soon, as each of the players in the lineup are
accomplished Free Throw shooters. It seems that at this point,
it has become mental and the Mustangs need to step up and
knock 'em down like they know how.
Evan McDole moved into 8th Place on our All-Time scoring list with
1134 points passing Nick Moher who had held the spot with 1130.
Box Score: Mustangs: Seiter 1-3-0/1-11, Lubbers
2-0-2/4-6, McCarthy 3-2-0/0-12, Uebel
Mutsch 0-0-0/2-0, J.Cooper 6-0-4/7-16,
Smith 2-4-0/0-16, T.Cooper 0-0-1/2-1,
Totals Mustangs: 16-9-11/28-70 BB 12-3
Trains: Faulkner 0-0-2/2-2, Bedel 1-0-1/2-3,
C.Pelle 0-0-0/1-0, Wiseman 0-0-1/2-1,
McCarter 3-1-4/5-13, Chaney 2-1-1/2-8,
J. Pelle 4-1-3/4-14
Total Trains: 10-3-12/19-46 SG 16-3
|Photos Courtesy Of
Mr. Tim Cooper