Brossart Comes Up Short In
          "A" State
                            Slow Start Fatal For Mustangs
                      
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Shawn Newsome scored 27 points as Allen Central held on to beat Bishop Brossart 48-46 in the first
round of the Touchstone Energy All “A� Classic at Eastern Kentucky University's McBrayer Arena
Thursday night.

Brossart, which trailed 29-19 at halftime, outscored Allen Central 15-8 in the third quarter to pull
within three points at 37-34.

Chris Ryan scored 18 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers, for the Mustangs. Mike Eten came
off the bench to add 13 points and make nine of his 13 free throws for Brossart.

Nick Ziegler scored 10 points for Bishop Brossart.

Allen Central will play Glasgow, which beat Newport Central Catholic 63-52, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

ALLEN CENTRAL (48) — Mullins 1 3 5, Francis 2 0 5, Newsome 10 7 27, Hayes 3 1 7, Scott 1 2 4. Totals: 17 12 28.

BISHOP BROSSART (46) — Ziegler 4 1 10, Eten 2 9 13, Ryan 6 1 18, Luschek 0 1 1, Rhoden 2 0 4. Totals: 14 12 46.

    Allen Central .......     14  15   8  11—48
    Bishop Brossart ....... 12   7  15  12—46

    3-pointers: A — Francis, Hayes. B — Ryan 5,  Ziegler.
Mustangs Beat 17-0 Silver Grove
Earn Ticket To Richmond to Play in Small School Big Dance
By Terry Boehmker, Post staff reporter


Chris Ryan has been to the Kentucky All ''A'' Classic several times to watch Bishop Brossart
girls' basketball teams compete in the annual small-school state tournament at Eastern
Kentucky University.

Later this week, the senior guard finally gets to play in it himself.

Ryan scored 26 points to lead the Bishop Brossart boys' basketball team to a 65-51 win
against Silver Grove in the 10th Region All ''A'' Classic championship game on Monday.

It's the first time the Mustangs have won the boys' regional title. They'll make their debut
in the state tournament at 8 p.m. Thursday against 15th Region champion Allen Central.

''This has been our biggest goal since the start of the season because it's something our
team has never done before,'' Ryan said.

''We've had a lot of disappointments in this (regional) tournament in past years. I think that was more of a motivating factor for
us than anything else.''

More than 700 spectators packed Brossart's gym for the regional championship game. When they stopped selling tickets an hour
before the tipoff, nearly 200 fans went to the school cafeteria and watched the game free of charge on closed-circuit TV.

Silver Grove came into the game with a 17-0 record, but the Big Trains fell behind early and
never recovered.

Brossart took a 16-5 lead in the first quarter with its first nine points coming off Silver Grove
turnovers.

''It seemed to me we kind of took their breath away,'' Ryan said of his team's fast start. ''They
didn't know what hit them and then they got frustrated and couldn't get into any offensive flow
at all.''

Late in the second quarter, Silver Grove closed to 23-15 on a three-point goal by senior guard
Jimmy Horstman. But Brossart responded with a 5-0 run for a 28-15 halftime lead.

Ryan scored nine points during an 18-13 third-quarter run that stretched the margin to 46-28.

''I think that was a key run for us because it extinguished any hope they had of coming back on
us,'' he said.

The Mustangs made only three field goals in the fourth quarter, but they protected their lead by converting 13 of 20 free throws.

Silver Grove, which came into the game with an 81.3 offensive average, shot 37.7 percent (15 of 45) from the field and
commited 17 turnovers.

The team's top scorer was senior guard Chad McCarter with 19 points, eight below his season average.

Ryan was the player assigned to guard McCarter.

''Coach (Willie) Schlarman showed a lot of faith in me when he told me to guard him and I think
I held my own,'' Ryan said.

Schlarman doesn't mind the fact that he has only two days to get his team ready for their debut
in the small-school state tournament.

''I think we'll stay with what's been working,'' he said. ''We're starting to get into a pretty good
groove on defense. And the only problem we have on offense is when people put up a zone against
us. For some reason, our kids get a little tentative and don't attack it too well.''

SILVER GROVE             5   10   13    23    -51
BISHOP BROSSART    16   12   18    19    -65

SILVER GROVE (51): C. McCarter 5 8 19, Horstman 3 0 9, Richmond 3 0 8, Kopp 1 0 2, Bacis 0 1 1,
                             B. McCarter 4 1 10,  Stewart 1 0 2.          Totals 17 10 51.

BROSSART (65): Ziegler 3 3 10, Luschek 1 2 4, P. Rhoden 4 2 10, Lloyd 1 1 3, Ryan 9 7 26, Eten 2 2 6, Seiter 2 0 4,
                      Orth 1 0 2.                                                      Totals 23 17 65.

Three-point goals: SG-Horstman 3, Richmond 2, C. McCarter, B. McCarter.
                       BB-Ryan, Ziegler.

Records: Brossart 12-7, Silver Grove 17-1
.
The long anticipated, highly hyped Brossart - Silver Grove matchup finally took place on January 22nd after several
postponments due to Bracken County's refusal to travel north for their semi-finals game with the Trains despite seemingly
acceptable road conditions, delaying the tournament and prompting signs by Silver City fans to adorn the SyCenter stating
boldly that
"We Didn't Know Polar Bears Were Afraid Of Snow!!!" The finals between Brossart and the Big Trains was played
before the largest crowd to ever witness a ballgame in the Tom Seither Sportscenter.  The 7:30pm game sold out at 6:20pm and
Hegenauer Hall filled to capacity to watch the game on closed circuit TV.    
The game itself was actually never in dobt, the Mustangs opened a 16-5 first quarter bulge and dominated throughout winning
handily 65-51 to capture their first ever All "A" Regional Championship and earn a berth in the All "A" State in McBrayer Arena
on the campus of EKU in Richmond, Ky.  There the Mustangs fell to Allen-Central 46-48 in the first round of the tournament in
a great ballgame.

My personal memories of this All "A" Regional were bittersweet.  Of course, I wanted our Mustangs to win our first All "A"
Regional and go to Richmond the following week, but I had a soft spot in my heart for Silver Grove, who had never made the
trip or even played in a 10th Region Tournament in the Mason County Fieldhouse.  They were kind of what the small school
tournament is all about.  A lone sign hung in the end of our gym preceeding the game it simply read "17-1" but spoke volumes
and turned out to be prophetic.  The more expeienced, big-game, battle-tested Mustangs were too much for the Division III Big
Trains.  The Mustangs blitzed the Trains 16-5 in the first quarter and never looked back.  The Silver Grove fans dashed for the
phones to cancel their room reservations in Richmond.      
The 2001 All "A" Regional was really a great, fun tournament to be a part of.  Silver Grove had swept all opponents leading up
to the All "A" Regional Tournament hosted at Brossart High School.  They defeated MMA, Bracken County, and St. Patrick
coming into the finals with 17 wins and 0 losses.  Our Mustangs, who had been playing an arguably tougher schedule than the
Trains were 11-7 and had defeated Paris and Nicholas County to earn a date with the Trains in the Regional Finals.
The Mustangs All "A" State Tournament Stay in Richmond would be short-lived as the Mustangs were defeated in the opening
round by a very good Allen-Central squad.  The Mustangs were in a familiar position of being down 10 points at the half but
rallied back miss by a single bucket 48-46.
Freshman Derrick Rhoden
gives the Mustangs some
quality minutes in Richmond.
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