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January 8, 2013Marquette Mustang Basketball
On an evening when two old foes hooked up for what has become a traditional defensive slugfest, the past held true as points were scarce in what ended as a 42-36 Mustang road victory.
A trip to the dentist might have been more fun for fans looking for offense at tonight’s game at Parkway Central, especially early on. Marquette took a 1-0 lead in the first minute and extended that lead to 3-0 all on the strength of free throws. Free throws were in fact the theme in the opening period as the Mustangs shot 5/8 from the line to account for ALL of their tallies. With the futility from the field (0/8), MHS still led it 5-4 after a quarter.
After almost 11:00 of play and Central leading 6-5, the ball finally dropped through the hoop during play for the Mustangs as Sam Ploeger drove the right baseline and dropped in an 8-footer off the glass to give his team a 7-6 advantage. Matt Hink and Brooks Gerrity were able to convert later in the period but a buzzer-beating three by the Colts (the first of the game by either team) made it 15-12 at the intermission in favor of the home squad.
Dillon Jones drove the lane to start the third and hit on a pull-up to pull his squad to within a lone point on the first third quarter possession. Three straight misses though extended the offensive futility though for the Mustangs before a couple of Brooks Gerrity free throws pulled Marquette to within 19-16 midway through the period. Before Hink converted an offensive board and put-back with just over 2:00 to go, the Mustangs had missed on seven straight field goal attempts after Jones’ conversion. Another Jones drive and field goal gave the Mustangs some life at the end of the quarter trailing it 25-21.
On an evening when the Colts would make 15 field goals compared to a paltry eight for the Mustangs, the fourth incredibly enough featured a couple of clutch buckets for MHS. Gerrity broke the drought from beyond the arc with a long wing jumper under pressure to start the final quarter and pull his club to within 25-24. With 5:15 to play, Matt Hink went 2/2 from the line to pull Marquette to 27-26 and after a stop on the other end, Tanner Stabenow nailed a long three from the left corner off a nice dish by Jones to give the Mustangs a lead at 29-27. After a Central field goal to tie with 3:30 to play, the free throw line became the story. Marquette finished the game with a total of 33 attempts from the charity stripe and in the fourth quarter alone converted 15/18 to nail down a hard-fought, if not pretty, 42-36 win on the road against a good Parkway Central team that had recorded some impressive wins on their resume thus far this 2012-2013 campaign.
Conference play beckons once again this Friday night, January 11 as Parkway South comes calling to the Marquette Athletic Complex for a freshman/sophomore/varsity tripleheader (4:00/5:30/7:00).
Leading Scorers: Matt Hink-12, Tanner Stabenow-9, Brooks Gerrity-9. Leading Rebounders: Stabenow-9, Hink-6, Chris Lenzen-5. Leading Assists: two tied with one HARD HAT AWARD WINNER: Chris Lenzen
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