Last Second Heroics Help Overtake the Eagles
February 22, 2014By Christopher Jennings of Bishop Brossart High School
Wow! Wow! Wow! Out of despair comes exultation. That was the story last night in Taylor Mill, when the Brossart Mustangs traveled to Scott High School to take on the Eagles. The Mustangs seemed to struggle from the very tip, although they were able to have a lead or remain within a few points of the lead throughout the game. Foul trouble, turnovers, and missed shots were our nemesis, as the Mustangs struggled to gain any separation on the Eagles. The Mustangs jumped out to an early 8 point lead, and wone the first quarter battle, 15-7. The second quarter belonged to the Scott Eagles, as they dropped 28 points on the Mustangs and went into the locker room with 35-31 lead. Drew Burns, strapped with two early fouls, spent a good bit of the half on the bench. Notable in the first half was the much anticipated return of Jake Jennings, who had been sidelined the last 5 weeks with a broken hand. Jennings struggled in his debut back on the hardwood, and the Eagles capitalized on those turnovers. To Jake’s credit, he never quit and continued to push the ball up the floor, navigating around the Scott defense, and finding the open man. He also took a charge, causing gasps among the Brossart faithful.
Both teams battled back and forth in the second half, with neither team able to pull away by more than 6 points. The Mustangs won the third quarter putting up 17 points to Scott’s 11, and led 48-46. In the 4th quarter, the Mustangs clung to a one point lead with under a minute to play. The Mustangs miss free throws, giving Scott an opportunity to get back into the game. Scott’s Blake Schneider is fouled and hits two free throws to take a one point lead with 12 seconds left to play in the game. Out of a time out, the Mustangs bring the ball up the floor, only to have the ball stripped and lose possession. Jennings makes a heady play, fouling the Scott player, sending them to the free throw line. Scott hits one of two free throws and then calls a questionable time out, giving the Mustangs an opportunity with 4.3 seconds left in the game to set up a play. The Mustangs make the most of that time out, with Jennings streaking up the floor, finding Erik Rieger, who hit possibly the greatest shot of his life, nailing a three pointer from the 30 feet out, giving the Mustangs the come from behind win 63-62, and the number one seed in the district. Alex Trentman, who had possibly his best game of the year, scores 29 points, had six blocks and played spectacular defense. Jake Jennings scores 12 points, and finds Erik Rieger with seconds on the clock to helpo win the game. Erik Rieger scores 11 points, with 3 of those coming at the most opportune time. Drew Burns finishes with only two points but grabs 8 rebounds to help pace the Mustangs rebounding core. Spencer Hackworth throws up 5 points, while sustaining a minor knee injury that sidelined him for a few minutes and causing much concern amongst the fans. Austin Shannon finishes with 3 points and Clay Kramer adds one.
The highlight of this game would have to be the three pointer from Erik Rieger to win the game. Also notable was Mike Code's 200th win as head coach of the Brossart Mustangs. Of course this observer was excited and pleased to see Jake Jennings back on the floor, playing along side his team mates. Dave Trentman said it best, on the broadcast last night. “Mustangs win! Mustangs win! Mustangs win! Go Mustangs!