Published On: Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011

Cedar boys advance to title game

WAYNE — The upstart Stanton Mustangs couldn’t miss in the early going in Thursday’s contest here against Cedar Catholic.
Cedar then spent the next three quarters battling back from a big hole before finally pulling out the 57-51 SubDistrict title game win.


“We knew coming in that Stanton was a very talented and athletic team,” Cedar Catholic Coach Matt Steffen said. “They really get off to a fast start. Obviously that didn’t happen and we were in for a fight from then on.”
The Trojans jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead to open Thursday’s contest here. The Mustangs then turned up the defensive heat to put together a 12-0 run to take charge of the contest, finally closing out the first frame with a 17-9 advantage.
The Mustangs stretched their lead to 10 points with a pair of Adam Krentz foul shots.
Cedar’s offense finally started to click after that.
A Riley Noecker foul shot and two charity tosses and a hook shot from Andy Moser cut the deficit back to five points.
The two teams then traded baskets before Kyle Klug cut the deficit to two points with a long three-pointer with just three minutes left in the half. Steven Petersen countered with a trey of his own to give the Mustangs a 26-21 advantage just 16 seconds later.
The Mustangs then hit a pair of foul shots, but an Andy Moser foul shot and another Kyle Klug bomb cut the deficit to three points again, 28-25. Spencer Nickolite countered with a trey to again give the ‘Stangs a six-point lead. A Riley Noecker tip-in with 15 seconds left in the half made the score 31-27.
“I thought the second quarter was big for us to not let them get too far ahead,” Steffen said.  “As well as they played in the first half, I felt we were fortunate to be down only four and felt confident we would win the game from there.”

Cedar opened the second half with a Riley Noecker inside shot to cut the deficit to just two points. A 4-2 Stanton run made the score 36-31 before Kyle Klug’s third trey of the game again cut the deficit to two points. Klug then hit a jumper with 3:20 left in the quarter to knot the game at 36-36.
Another Klug bomb with 1:49 left in the quarter completed the comeback, giving Cedar its first lead since early in the first frame. Logan Feilmeier rounded out the scoring when he drove the lane for a jumper to give Cedar a 41-36 lead heading into the final frame.

The two squads traded baskets in the early going of the final frame, but Cedar closed out the contest with an 11-6 run to claim the win and advance to the District title game. The Trojan offense was paced by Kyle Klug, who connected on 3-7 treys on his way to a team-high 16-point effort. Andy Moser and Riley Noecker also hit for double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively. The Musangs were paced by Spencer Nickolite’s game-high 22 points.
Coach Steffen was happy with the way his team dug itself out of a big hole.
“The kids did a great job of picking up our defensive intensity and holding them to 20 second-half points,” he said. “The kids never doubted themselves and got the job done and I’m proud of them for that.”
Cedar      9    18    14    16  —57
Stanton  17    14      8    10  — 51

Cedar    Stanton
FG    18-52            15-45
FT    17-31            14-20
3PT    4-16            7-19
REB    37            32
TOs    10            18
Fouls    20            17

SCORING
Cedar – Kyle Klug, 16; Andy Moser, 15; Riley Noecker, 10; Zach Steffen, 9; Logan Feilmeier, 7. Stanton – Spencer Nickolite, 22; Michael Eberly, 9; Blake Heppner, 8; Adam Krentz, 6; Steven Petersen, 6.

REBOUNDS
Cedar – Andy Moser, 9; Kyle Klug, 5; Aaron Steffen, 5; Riley Noecker, 5; Logan Feilmeier, 5; Logan Weinandt, 3; Zach Steffen, 3.  Stanton -Steven Petersen, 6; Adam Krentz, 5; Spencer Nickolite, 5; Blake Hepner, 4; Cody Carelson, 3; Michael Eberly, 2.
ASSISTS
Cedar – Zach Steffen, 3; Andy Moser, 3; Logan Feilmeier, 3; Aaron Steffen, 2; Riley Noecker, 1; Kyle Klug, 1. Stanton – Michael Eberly, 1.
STEALS
Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 2; Kyle Klug, 2; Riley Noecker, 2; Zach Steffen, 1; Aaron Steffen, 1.Stanton- Blake Heppner, 4; Adam Krentz, 2; Michael Eberly, 1.

Cedar again got off to a slow start in Tuesday’s SubDistrict opener against the Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Bears.
The Bears earned a 12-8 first quarter advantage.
Cedar took control in the second frame, earning a 15-9 scoring advantage to take a 23-21 lead into the locker room.
Cedar’s defense clamped down on the Bears in the second half, holding L-C-C to just 10 points in the second half, while putting up 22 of their own to seal the win.
Poor shooting led to the slow start, Coach Steffen said, but the defense did a great job of keeping Cedar in the game.
“We struggled shooting the ball all night, and our defense really got us the victory tonight.”
Cedar was led by sophomore Logan Feilmeier with a team-high 13 points.
“Logan Feilmeier came up with some big plays for us tonight, and Kyle Klug really made some big three-pointers at times when we needed something good to happen.”

Cedar      8    15    15      7  —45
Laurel   12      9      5      5  — 31

Cedar        Laurel
FG    18-51            11-34
FT    7-9            8-11
3PT    2-10            1-7
REB    23            33
TOs    8                22
Fouls    9                9

SCORING
Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 13; Kyle Klug, 11; Andy Moser, 8; Logan Weinandt, 4; Aaron Steffen, 4; Zach Steffen, 3; Riley Noecker, 2. L-C-C – Scott Pippitt, 12; Michael Olesen, 6; Kyle Kardell, 4; Seth Vanderheiden, 3; Mathew Maxon, 2; Ross Lage, 2; Mitch Heikes, 2.
REBOUNDS
Cedar – Riley Noecker,  4; Logan Feilmeier, 4; Andy Moser, 4; Aaron Steffen, 2; Zach Steffen, 2; Kyle Klug, 1; Logan Weinandt, 1. L-C-C – Scott Pippitt, 8; Michael Olesen, 7; Mathew Maxon, 6;  Ross Lage, 2; Kyle Kardell, 2; Mitch Heikes, 2.
ASSISTS
Cedar – Aaron Steffen, 4; Zach Steffen, 3; Andy Moser, 2; Kyle Klug, 1; Logan Weinandt, 1.L-C-C – Mathew Maxon, 2; Kyle Kardell, 2; Michael Olesen, 1; Mitch Heikes, 1.
STEALS
Cedar – Andy Moser, 5; Logan Feilmeier, 3; Riley Noecker, 3; Aaron Steffen, 2; Kyle Klug, 2; Logan Weinandt, 1; Zach Steffen, 1. L-C-C – Scott Pippitt, 3; Kyle Kardell, 2; Mitch Heikes, 1.

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