Shiners tame Mustangs to celebrate Homecoming

The Rising Sun Shiners held off a late surge by the New Washington Mustangs to claim a 43-41 win to cap off annual Homecoming festivities.


The Rising Sun Shiners held off a late surge by the New Washington Mustangs to claim a 43-41 win to cap off annual Homecoming festivities.

   Sophomore Landon Cole and senior Nick Koons led the Shiners with 11 points each.

   New Washington had the early lead before Cole gave the Shiners their first lead and rallied the home team to a 9-9 tie after one quarter. Rising Sun led 16-15 at the half. The game was tied again at 22 before a pair of baskets by senior Jake Bovard. Cole hit a pair of free throws for a six point Shiner lead but Mustang reserve Fernando Diaz (five 3-pointers in reserve contest) hit back to back 3-pointers to tie the game at 28 headed into the final eight minutes.

   Despite the 3-point shooting, Rising Sun never gave up the lead as the Shiners opened the final quarter with back to back baskets by Cole and Koons.

  The Shiners built a seven points lead with TJ Manifold scoring off an assist from Nosh Pflum sand Koons scored on a fast break three point play with an assist from Bovard.

   The Mustangs rallied to within one with 3-pointers by Tye and Jesus Diaz.

   Pflum was 4-for-4 at the line in the closing seconds to give the Shiners a three point lead but left the door open for the Mustangs. Bo Giltner hit the first of two free throws before missing the second on purpose. New Washington got the rebound tipped out and Jesus Diaz had his shot blocked at the buzzer as the Mustangs argued for a foul to no avail.

   Manifold added nine points and seven rebounds while Pflum added eight points, three rebounds and three assists.

   Bovard added four points and led the Shiners with eight rebounds, two steals and an assists.

  Koons added a team high five assists along with seven rebounds and three steals.

   Rising Sun was 15-for-31 from the field but just 1-for-8 from behind the arc and 10-for-14 at the free throw line.

  New Washington was 9-for-23 shooting plus 6-for-15 from 3-point range and just 5-for-13 at the line.

  Bo Giltner led the Mustangs with 16 with Jesus Diaz adding nine, Spencer Tye and Fernando Diaz six each.

   The Shiners dropped to 2-4 on the season with a 50-34 loss at Oldenburg Academy on Saturday.

   Noah Pflum hit back to back 3-pointers and Nick Koons added a basket for an early 8-2 Shiner lead before the Twisters closed out the first quarter with a 14-1 run to lead 16-9.

   A pair of baskets by Koons and two more Pflum 3-pointers got the Shiners to within one before OA went back up by seven. A basket by Koons at the buzzer closed the half with the host team ahead 26-22.

   The third quarter proved to be the downfall for the Shiners as they were limited to a Koons basket and two free throws and trailed 36-26 headed into the final quarter.

  TJ Manifold hit a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to eight but Oldenburg answered with 14 unanswered points to seal the game.

   Koons continued to lead the Shiners with a game high 15 points and seven rebounds. Pflum added 12 points and three boards. Bovard added four with Manifold adding three points.

  Oldenburg improved to 5-2 on the season led by Andrew Oesterling with 14 points and Jacob Johnson with 13. Eli Sporleder added nine, eight and Kris Hetzer six.

   The Twisters forced the Shiners into just 11-for 38 from the field including 4-for-19 from 3-point range and 8-for-13 at the line.

   Oldenburg was 12-for-19 from 2-point range and 7-for-19 behind the arc. They had a 27-21 rebounding advantage with 

Sporleder having nine and Wegman eight.