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Thanks to their strong playing, the Muskies made the final 2.4 seconds of their game against the Burlington Greyhounds the most significant in the game. With a score of 60-58, the Muskies needed only two points to earn their first win. While the Muskies did not pull off their final shot, their down to the wire win shows improvement from their season’s rocky beginnings.
 While Burlington has not put up stiff competition in the past, their young team has begun to make a name for themselves this year. They made the first three points of the quarter before the Muskies caught up with them to tie the game 3-3. From there, the Greyhounds stretched their lead to eight points above the Muskies with a score of 11-3. Though the Muskies responded with a two-point shot, it did not phase the Greyhounds. They again stretched their lead to eight points. Though the Muskies doubled their score before the end of the quarter, Burlington still led 15-10. 
The second quarter opened with Burlington continuing their scoring streak. The Muskies attempted to even the score out at the beginning of the quarter, making it 17-13 Burlington. However, the Greyhounds refused to let their lead slip away and scored nine unanswered points to push the score up to 26-13, their largest lead in the first half. From there, the Muskies worked to chip away Burlington’s lead. By half time, the Muskies had the score down to a more reasonable 28-23.
 Once again, Burlington, spurred by the narrowing score, brought their A game. Within the first four minutes of the third quarter, they scored a fourteen-point lead, bringing the score to 41-27. They eventually extended their lead to 46-31, their largest of the night. The Muskies knew they still had a chance to beat the Greyhounds, so they kept fighting back. Despite Burlington’s gains, the Muskies made a comeback. They brought the game to within eight points, with a score of 48-40 Burlington at the end of the third quarter. 
In a nail-biting conclusion to the game, the Greyhounds managed to outscore the Muskies by ten points three times in the final quarter. However, the Muskies responded each time to nearly level the score. Two three-point shots by senior Nathan Diercks, one three-point shot by sophomore Noah Yahn, and a rim shot by sophomore Josh Dieckman brought the score to 60-58. With only a two-point difference and fifteen seconds to play, the Muskies had a shot at winning the game. With 2.4 seconds left to play, Yahn attempted a shot, but missed, allowing Burlington to strip the ball. In the end, the Greyhounds defeated the Muskies 60-58. The loss dropped the Muskies season standings to 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the Mississippi Athletic Conference (MAC). 
Dieckman and Yahn led the Muskies in scoring, making twenty-one and eighteen points respectively. For these achievements, both players earned CBI Bank and Trust Offensive Player of the Game. For his relentless scrapping and success at stopping Burlington from scoring, senior Gabe Mulder became the Buffalo Wild Wings Defensive Player of the Game. 
Muskies boys and girls basketball will return after January 4th. Keep watching and listening to their games live on KWPC AM 860, FM 95.1, and www.voiceofmuscatine.com. 

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