Os­to­ich bails out Mus­tangs in big win over Vik­ings

Post-Tribune - - Post-Tribune Sports - BY MIKE HUT­TON 613-0141 or mhut­[email protected] Twit­ter: @MikeHut­tonPT

MUN­STER — Mike Hack­ett told his team dur­ing a time­out with 15.6 sec­onds left that they were ei­ther mak­ing the shot and win­ning the game or miss­ing it and go­ing to over­time.

The Mun­ster coach didn’t ac­count for one other pos­si­bil­ity in that con­ver­sa­tion. Go­ing to the free-throw line. With Drew Hack­ett cov­ered, Adam Os­to­ich took over and drib- bled away about 11 sec­onds be­fore tak­ing it to the bas­ket against Jay Bi­sacky. Os­to­ich’s shot went down and then rimmed out, but Bi­sacky fouled him. It was how Mun­ster played all night: Ag­gres­sively go­ing to the bas­ket.

Os­to­ich made a free throw with 2.7 sec­onds left and the Mus­tangs got home be­fore the storm hit Satur­day with a 48-47 victory. It was a big win for Mun­ster. By their own lofty stan­dards, the Mus­tangs (11-7) have strug­gled this year. They needed a victory against a qual­ity team. The Vik­ings (13-4) are ranked No. 2 by the Post-Tri­bune.

“This is a big win for us,” Mike Hack­ett said. “We haven’t been in a lot of peo­ple’s con­ver­sa­tions. It’s our own fault. We haven’t played great.”

The Mun­ster coach said he was par­tic­u­larly happy for his se­niors.

And, he ab­so­lutely loved the way Os­to­ich played.

Os­to­ich fin­ished with 15 points and four re­bounds.

It was his com­po­sure on the fi­nal play that pos­si­bly made the dif­fer­ence be­tween a happy Mun­ster team and a sad one.

The Vik­ings blan­keted Drew Hack­ett, who fin­ished with 17 points. It was clear they weren’t go­ing to let him win the game.

Os­to­ich drib­bled the clock down with Bi­sacky chas­ing him be­fore he made his move.

“I saw they were dou­ble-team­ing Drew,” Os­to­ich said. “I just wanted to make sure we got the last shot.”

HIs free throw came with a lit­tle too much time left for that. Af­ter his first one rolled out, Os­to­ich made the sec­ond one.

Os­to­ich hasn’t been great from the line this year (65 per­cent), but he made 9-for-12 on Satur­day.

Con­ner TenHove, who fin­ished with 17 points, got a clean look at a 3-pointer from about 30 feet af­ter Os­to­ich’s free throw. His shot hit the side of the rim.

Val­paraiso coach Matt Thomas said Mun­ster was “hun­grier than his team.”

The Vik­ings let the game get away from them start­ing with the end of the first quar­ter. Mun­ster went on a 16-5 run that ended when TenHove scored with 3:32 left in the first half. Valso didn’t score a field goal for nearly a quar­ter (7:26).

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