by Blake Cowell
The Red Bud Musketeers’ season kept rolling along when they paid the Valmeyer Pirates a visit last Tuesday. Red Bud previously defeated the Pirates 44-41 the last time these two teams met up. This game would start off promising for the Musketeers.
They opened the game playing their usual stingy defense, and also found ways to put the ball in the hoop. Alex Kueker nailed a pair of three point field goals in the opening quarter to help the Musketeers jump out to an early 11-6 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter was even better for the Musketeers offensively. Senior guard, Blake Cowell, nailed a trio of three point field goals in the quarter. Alex Sievers also had six points in the second quarter to contribute to a 30-21 Musketeer lead at the half. All season long the Musketeers have struggled with putting teams away early in the second half, and that was the case again in this game.
Red Bud came out of the half with little intensity, and allowed the Pirates to fight their way back into the game. The only points scored by the Musketeers in the quarter came by a Carter Wiegard three pointer. One thing Red Bud has been good at all season long was playing well when it matters most, and being able to close out games.
In the final quarter, Red Bud was able to play good defense, and make foul shots when they mattered most. Kueker and Griffin Ziebold both made a pair of free throws in the final minutes to help seal a 48-42 road victory over the Pirates. Kueker led the team in scoring with 12 points, closely followed by Cowell with 11.
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