COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mathews Mustangs took their tournament seeding personally.
The 12th-seeded Mustangs used their low seed as motivation to knock off the third-seeded Heartland Christian Lions Friday night 67-63 to advance to the Division IV District semi-finals on Tuesday.
“I’m super proud of our kids,” Mustangs coach Mike Weymer exclaimed. “I can’t point to one thing or one play. They felt a little bit disrespected in the tournament draw being a twelve-seed. I think they kind of have that chip on their shoulder. I think that is a big part of what is fueling us.”
“We have been pretty talented since I was a freshman, myself and Dom (Greenwood) have started since we were freshman, so to move on in the playoffs is just great,” junior guard Vinny Sharp added.
“It was a roller-coaster, both teams out there battling and working their tails off. And at the end of the day, we made more mistakes than they did. That was the difference in the game,” Lions coach Josh Scott remarked.
The victory improves the Mustangs to 14-6 on the season as they advance to face another Columbiana County opponent Tuesday night. The Mustangs will travel to Wellsville on Tuesday to face the fifth-seeded Tigers.
“We were in a similar game on Tuesday against Southern where we were down by nine going into the fourth quarter, and we came to win at the end. That was the kind of game that would be a springboard for us. This group is a never say die (attitude),” Weymer said.
Junior guard Vinny Sharp led the Mustangs on the night scoring 15 points while also scoring 1,000 points in his career. Kyle Powell added 14 while Dominic Greenwood and Tyler Hopkinson added 11.