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Mustangs Beat NCC 51-40 to Advance in All 'A' Classic
2/1/2007 - by Dave Schabell
The Brossart Mustangs were hoping to have Nathan Mutsch available for today's battle with NCC, but such was not the case, causing the remaining seven Mustang seniors to play with heightened resolve in pulling together to defeat the 9th Region "A" Champion NCC 51-40 in a contest that Brossart led by as many as 14 at the 4:28 mark in the third quarter when we pushed out to a 30-16 lead.

Josh Kidney was the game's MVP. Kidney picked up a couple of very early personal fouls which relegated him to bench duty for the large part of the
first half, in which he scored four points. After scoring four more in the third period Kidney exploded for ten fourth quarter points which included two circus-style reverse layup baskets and six of six from the free-throw line. Factor in nine rebounds and Kidney was a no-brainer for the game MVP.

Things weren't quite so rosy in the opening minutes of the game, as Zach Kiernan scored two garden variety big-man baskets unmolested, while at the other end, Mustang big-man Troy Cooper was repeatedly stuffed by the 6'7" Louisville football recruit.

Brossart tightened up the defense considerably, picking the guards up in the backcourt, taking their minds off of throwing the ball inside to Kiernan.

The Mustangs battled back from the 0-4 deficit and took a one point lead at the quarter stop 10-9. The two teams asked and answered throughout the early stages of the second quarter, before NCC got stuck on 13 points, while the Mustangs on an 11-2 run, increasing our lead to 21-13. A Jimmy Uebel basket just ahead of the halftime buzzer, put the Stangs on top 25-14 and for all intents and purposes propelled the Mustangs to their 18th win of the season 51-40 over the boys from the Carothers Road Hill.

While Kidney led the Stangs with 18, Jimmy Uebel added 11, Bryan Niemeyer, who a played a very strong game on both ends of the floor, joined Troy Cooper in scoring 8 points apiece. Kyle Kramer put up 4 and Luke Rebholz added a weakside rebound stickback to round out the Mustang scoring with two.

The Mustang defense was as much responsible for the win as the offense. Matt Lloyd, Josh Kidney, Kyle Kramer, and Jimmy Uebel provided the NCC guard corp with plenty of nightmare material.

Brossart will now face Gallatin County in the quarterfinals at 5pm on Friday night.
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