Mustangs Remain Undefeated
December 18, 2012Bishop Brossart High School
The Brossart Mustangs rolled back off of two days rest and a lopsided victory over Highlands to maintain their focus and intensity, handing highly regarded Newport a 63-51 loss on Monday night in the SyDome.
The Mustangs, who have earned a reputation for fast starts blew out to a 14-2 first quarter lead and threatened to make quick work of the visiting Wildcats. However, the visitors had other ideas, unleashing a 12-0 barrage on the Mustangs to start the second quarter, tying up the game at 14-14 before the Mustangs could stop the bleeding. The Wildcats weren't finished, overcoming the Mustangs at the 2:43 mark to take a 20-18 lead and threatening to establish some separation of their own. The Mustangs answered with a 5-0 run to take a 23-20 lead, and then opened a 27-22 lead at halftime, a lead that they would not relinquish in the final sixteen minutes of the game.
The Mustangs were forced to overcome adversity when Senior Justin Saunders was forced to come out of the game early in the third quarter due to aggrevating a sore tail-bone from a spill taken in the Highlands game. This provided the remaining varsity Mustangs, already playing without the services of Spencer Hackworth, with the challenge of soldiering on to preserve the victory. It was Erik Rieger who stepped to the forefront in the second half, putting up 9 points, while causing numerous steals and assists to set the tone in the final sixteen minutes. Drew Burns came alive in the second half, putting up 12 points. The Mustangs also got a big lift by knocking down our free-throws on this night, connecting on 22 of 26 which contributed mightily to the victory. The final 12 point margin is somewhat deceiving, as the Mustang lead fluctuated between 6 and 7 points throughout most of the second half. Alex Trentman, who had another huge performance, led the Mustangs with 18 points and another five blocked shots. Drew Burns put up 17, while demonstrating his athletic prowess in getting the ball to the basket in the second half. Rieger contributed