Boys basketball: Mustangs finish regular season unbeaten
By Lamond Pope 648-3090 or firstname.lastname@example.org February 22, 2013 9:56PM
Updated: March 24, 2013 6:16AM
MUNSTER — Nate Bubash had one point for Munster at halftime Friday against South Bend Riley.
With an undefeated regular season at stake, the Mustangs decided to make an effort to get the ball inside to the 6-foot-6 senior.
It was a good call.
Bubash finished with 15 points as the No. 1 Mustangs completed the perfect regular season with a 46-36 victory.
“The first half I was kind of hesitant inside,” Bubash said. “The second half, I was more aggressive trying to score.”
Craig Dedelow added 12 points for Munster (22-0). It’s the second time in three years the Mustangs finished the regular season without a loss.
“It’s something to be proud of,” said Bubash, who was also a member of the 2010-11 team that accomplished the feat. “Not many people go 22-0. It’s a privilege.”
South Bend Riley (12-8) made the Mustangs work for it. Brock Cosey was a major reason. He scored 18 points for the Wildcats, 13 in the first half. His 3-pointer with four seconds left in the first half gave Riley a 22-18 lead.
Munster had 13 turnovers in the first half.
“We challenged the kids a little bit, talked about some things we needed to do,” Munster coach Mike Hackett said. “We started moving the ball and getting the ball where we needed to get it.”
That meant feeding Bubash. He scored nine points in the third quarter.
“Usually when Nate gets the ball inside, it’s going in or he’s getting fouled,” Dedelow said. “If we get Nate the ball, he’s getting it in.”
The Mustangs held the Wildcats scoreless for the final six minutes of the game en route to the milestone win.
“We hadn’t really talked about being undefeated until (Friday),” Hackett said. “We said ‘we’re here, we have an opportunity, it’s a chance when we accomplish it, nobody can every take away from us.’”
“It’s something you can always be proud of.”