Ostoich bails out Mustangs in big win over Vikings
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).