|After opening the 2001-02 season with a convincing win over Paris by twenty points, the Mustangs faced the task of
playing Number One Ranked Covington Catholic In the I-Wireless Classic in the Cintas Center.
This was our second trip to the Xavier University Campus and the Mustangs gave the Colonels all they wanted
before bowing 69-60 in a game that the final score is no indication of just how really close it was.
No. 1 CovCath Survives Brossart
By Ray Schaefer, Enquirer
When Covington Catholic senir center Matt Finke was asked to describe Saturday's game against Bishop Brossart, his
response was "Which Half?"
The Colonels overcame a sloppy first half to pull out a 69-60 victory at the I-Wireless Invitational Hoops Classic at the Cintas
Center, thanks to senior forward Brian Lewin's 20 points and Finke's 17 and 10 rebounds.
CovCath coach Mike Listerman said until the game's final 11 minutes, his team didn't look like it should be ranked No. 1 in the
Enquirer's Northern Kentucky coaches poll. "We showed were beatable," Listerman said. "We also showed the composure
of a senior team ... I think we've got to be more patient. We can't give up so much penetration; we have to work on that, and
CovCath trailed 49-44 with 3:01 left in the third quarter, but the defense allowed Brossart just 11 points the rest of the way.
"We changed momentum just by hustling," Lewin said.
Missing 6-foot-10 sophomore center Derrick Rhoden, the Mustangs went to their outside game.
It worked early - Paul Rhoden's 3-Pointer and Mike Eten's basket resulted in an 11-8 lead
midway through the quarter.
CovCath, meanwhile, went inside - a good move thanks to the 6-6 Lewin, who had 15 first
half points. He scored four points to lead an 8-0 run that helped put the Colonels ahead
20-17 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the teams switched strategies.
It was Brossart who turned CovCath turnovers into easy points, led by 6-5 freshman forward
Evan McDole's six points.
And CovCath's outside shooting improved. Lewin's 3-pointe with 1:11 to go in the half put
CovCath ahead 34-30, and junior John Wagner's 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining led
to a 37-36 halftime advantage.
CovCath had no answer for Brossart junior guards Jeff Henry or Andy Kremer in the third
quarter, Henry's five points and Kremer's seven gave the Mustangs a 49-44 lead.
Then Lewin and Finke took over. Lewin's 3-pointer tied the score 49-49 and Covington Catholic held Brossart to just 11
points in the last 11 minutes and was 9-of-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to ice the 69-60 victory
Senior forward Brian Lewin scored 20 points and had seven rebounds and senior center Matt Finke scored 17 points and had
10 rebounds, two blocks and three steals.
Brossart junior guards Andy Kremer (14 points) and Jeff Henry (13 points) combined for 27 points.
COVCATH 20 17 12 20 -69
BROSSART 17 19 13 11 -60
COVCATH (69): Bain 2 4 9, Kennedy 1 0 2, Lewin 9 0 20, Finke 6 5 17, Wagner 3 0 7, Nestheide 5 0 10, Blazejewski 0 4
4. Totals 26 13 69.
BROSSART (60): Kremer 5 2 14, Eten 4 0 8, Henry 5 0 13, Rhoden 5 0 11, Orth 4 0 8, McDole 1 4 6
Totals 24 6 60.
Three-point goals: CC-Bain, Lewin 2, Wagner. B-Kremer 2, Henry 3, Rhoden.
Records: CovCath 1-0, Brossart 1-1
|Mustang freshman Evan
McDole matches up with
CovCath's Brian Lewin
Which One Looks Like The
Brossart Falls To Campbell County in OT in the 2001 Crosstown
Following the loss to CovCath in the Cintas Center on Saturday, December 1st the Mustangs took
on Campbell County in the Crosstown Shootout (Alexandria Businessmen's Classic) the following
Saturday night. The Mustangs jumped out to a large lead and looked to have things their own way
before Kevin Reinhardt took the game over in the fourth quarter, putting Campbell County in a
position to actually win the game in regulation. Late game heroics by Michael Eten and Paul Rhoden forced the
game into overtime. Campbell County went on to win the game 66-64 in one of the more exciting
games in the long line of great Brossart-Campbell County games.
Mustangs Beat NCC on the Hill For First Time
Later on in the season the Mustangs would beat NCC for the first time ever at NewCath. For years I wasn't sure
that I would ever live to experience that. Many times we would make the trip down to the hill thinking we had the
upper hand only to be turned back by the Breds. NewCath chose this occasion to honor Ronnie Dawn and retire
his jersey. As such we knew that the Breds would be fired up and it would be no easy task notching our first win
on the hill on this occasion. However, the Breds had no answer for a dominating performance by Derrick Rhoden
and the Mustangs won the game 57-52. This set the series mark at 3 wins for the Breds and two wins for the
Mustangs in the BBHS-NCC series during the Schlarman era. Brossart would come back to even the series at
three with a win in February of 2003. The rubber match is set for February 19th of this season back on the hill.