"This was obviously a big win for us in a lot of ways," said Mustangs head coach Brad Campbell. "It puts us in first place in our division, which is nice, but now we have to be even sharper because every team is going to have us circled on their calendar. We're the target, but we're ready to play with those expectations."
"We're happy to be on top of our division right now, and we know we deserve to be there," said Shiddo on the team's performance. "Now we just have to keep executing and make sure we stay there."
"We have a lot of guys that have played big-time roles for us this season, like Aaron and Julian, and all their work paid dividends for us tonight," said Shiddo. "We have a deep team and a ton of talent, so it was good to see that come together today even though we didn't always play our most disciplined basketball. We needed guys to step up, and they did."
The third quarter saw the Badgers once again speed up their offensive tempo and cut into the Mustangs lead, eventually finding themselves just six points down midway through the third quarter. However, a pair of threes from Shiddo would keep the Mustangs in the lead as they headed into the final frame with a 58–54 lead.
"It's a shot I work on all the time in practice, and my teammates trust me, so I knew it was the right shot to take in that moment," said Shiddo. "They were pressuring me all game long, but that's what's going to happen against great teams, and this is the type of team we'll be playing against later this year. It was a great learning experience for us to go up against that kind of pressure."
"Obviously, Omar's play stands out, but all those rebounds, steals and shots led to this win, including Marko's final layup," said Campbell. "We were getting outplayed in that second half, and this certainly wasn't our best basketball, but all those little victories added up for us in the end. Omar's shot was huge, and that's what he does, but we just had to keep believing that we were the better team leading up to that play."
The Mustangs will be back in action this Friday as they host the 4–8 Algoma Thunderbirds at Alumni Hall.