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Boys Basketball Victorious in Finale

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BBB: Mustangs victorious in finale

The Stanton Mustang Boys ended their regular season with a win over Emerson-Hubbard 45-39.

The Mustangs took and early 9-5 first quarter lead, but the Pirates would battle back in quarter two, taking it 21-17. With the game tied 26-26 the game went to the half. “We felt that we had opportunities throughout the first half to go some runs, but we had too many turnovers and missed free throws. At halftime we discussed that we needed to remain confident on offense and defense and make good decisions ”, said head coach Dave Stoddard

                  A defensive battle ensued in the second half, as both teams scored 6 points. With the game tied going into the 4th, everything was tied up with 1:30 to go when TJ Larson hit two free throws to give Stanton a 40-38 lead. After another stop on defense. Marcus Spotanski would get fouled and convert one of two more free throws, giving the Mustangs a 3 pt lead with a minute to go. After a Nathan Arens steal, Parker Krusemark would tack on another free throw. With Stanton up 4, Arens would get another steal and  Spotanski added two more free throws making the score 45-39.  “I’m just very proud of how the team finished down the stretch, we’ve been in so many close games throughout the season and tonight they showed great maturity and perseverance but making plays in all areas of the game to secure a solid team victory”,said Stoddard

                  Stanton was led by Marcus Spotanski  13 pts  7 reb, Nathan Arens 7 pts-4 reb,  Sam Bates 4 pts-1 reb, TJ Larson 7 pts 1 reb,  Parker Krusemark 8 pts-2 reb, Ben Wilke 6pts 2 reb,  Mason Bruggeman 2 Reb

For complete stats all season long go to the maxpreps link below.

http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/stanton-mustangs-(stanton,ne)/basketball/stats.htm