Brossart Earns Return to
Dominate Augusta in all Facets to Claim 10th "A" Crown
By Terry Boehmker
Post staff reporter
When the Bishop Brossart boys' basketball team made its debut in the Touchstone Energy Kentucky All "A'' Classic two years
ago, the Mustangs were eliminated in the first round of the small-school state tournament.
Brossart coach Willie Schlarman expects the team he's taking to this year's classic to stick around a lot longer.
"We're crazy enough to think we've got a shot at winning it,'' Schlarman said. "Our kids are all fired up about going back.
They're not planning on going down there and playing just one game again.''
Brossart defeated Augusta, 70-35, in the championship game of the 10th Region All "A'' Classic on Saturday to earn a return trip
to the state small-school tournament.
The Mustangs' first-round opponent will be 8th Region champion Owen County at
10:30 a.m. Thursday at Eastern Kentucky University.
Schlarman doesn't know a lot about Owen County, but he expects defense to be the key
to the game.
"We've got to find a way to guard them and not give up an easy baskets,'' he said. "I feel
like we're getting better on offense so that shouldn't be a problem.''
The inside-outside scoring combination of 6-foot-11 junior center Derrick Rhoden and
senior guard Jeff Henry carried the Mustangs to victory in the 10th Region championship
Rhoden scored a game-high 20 points and Henry pumped in 15 to account for half of the Mustangs' total points.
Henry scored 47 points in three regional victories to earn a spot on the all-tournament team along with 6-foot-5 sophomore
forwards Evan McDole and Kevin Smith.
"Jeff played really well the last three games,'' Schlarman said. "He's shooting the ball great and playing with a lot of confidence.''
Rhoden was pulled from the starting lineup before the regional tournament, but he stepped up his scoring against Augusta.
"What we try to do is get the ball inside and use our size,'' Schlarman said. "If we can do that and get Jeff (Henry) scoring from
the outside we're pretty hard to stop.''
BROSSART 17 18 16 19 70
AUGUSTA 4 11 8 12 35
BROSSART (70): Studer 1 1 3, Reilly 1 3 5, Henry 5 2 15, Doyle 3 0 7, Schenk 1 0 2, McCarthy 1 0 2, Smith 1 1 3,
Rhoden 8 4 20, McDole 5 3 13. Totals 26 14 70.
AUGUSTA (35): White 1 1 3, Ziegler 0 1 1, Thornsbury 1 5 8, Appleman 3 2 8, Kirk 3 6 12, Hopkins 1 0 3.
Totals: 9 15 35.
Three-point goals: B-Henry 3, Doyle. A-Hopkins, Thornsbury.
|The Mustangs were 13-4 coming into the 2003 10th Region All "A" Classic Regional Tournament. While we had to be
considered favorites, Silver Grove and Augusta each possessed Blue Chip ballplayers and inflated win-loss records.
The Mustangs were coming off of an out-of-character 33-44 loss to Harrison County from the previous Saturday night
which led to a slight erosion of confidence heading into the mid-season classic.
The Mustangs rebounded from their loss in Cynthiana as Silver Grove fell victim in the opening round 69-42, Paris
followed suit 77-55 and the Mustangs were to face Augusta in the championship game for a trip to Richmond. The
Panthers possessed one of the top players in the region in Junior Brian Kirk. Kirk along with two players who were
just returing to the lineup appeared to be a formidable opponent on paper, but after a quarter it was obvious that the
Mustangs were the superior, more professional, team and had earned a
berth in the "A" Big Dance.
'Stangs allow record-low 28
By Terry Boehmker
Post staff reporter
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Owen County boys' basketball coach Gran Mefford heard a lot about the unusual style of defense Bishop
Brossart would throw at his team in their opening-round game of the Touchstone Energy Kentucky All "A" Classic on Thursday
at Eastern Kentucky University. "People told me the first time you see this defense it's very difficult to figure out and that makes
it really bothersome," Mefford said.
Brossart lived up to those claims and knocked off Owen County, 45-28, behind a defensive effort that tied a tournament record
for fewest points allowed in a game.
The Mustangs advance to the quarterfinals to play Frankfort at 5 p.m. today.
Owen County shot 30.6 percent (11-of-36) from the field and committed 13 turnovers against Brossart's active man-to-man
defense that worked with machine-like efficiency. "Our offense runs off a lot of screens," said Owen County senior forward
Will Reinke. "When we went off a screen against them, they were just constantly switching off. There was just a brief time
when you were in position (for a shot) and the it was gone."
Brossart coach Willie Schlarman said his players have baffled a lot of opponents with their ability to deny open shots and keep
constant pressure on the ball. That's why the Mustangs entered the small-school state tournament with a 47.6-point defensive
average that is tops in Northern Kentucky. "It's man-to-man all the way, but the fact that we bring help from different players
than normal makes it hard for teams to figure out what we're up to," Schlarman said of the ever-shifting defense.
The Mustangs struggled on offense against Owen County. They ended up shooting 30.9 percent (17-of-55) and didn't pull away
until late in the game. In the third quarter, Owen County senior guard Michael Caulley hit a driving basket that cut Brossart's lead
to 25-21. But the Mustangs scored five unanswered points in the final minute of the third quarter and opened the fourth quarter
with an 11-3 run to clinch the first-round victory.
Brossart's leading scorers were sophomore center Evan McDole with 12 points and sophomore
forward Kevin Smith with 10. Smith scored seven points during his team's decisive fourth-quarter
Game MVP McDole also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Mustangs, who won the
battle on the boards by a 44-28 margin.
Brossart scored 18 second-chance points off of offensive rebounds and 17 points following Owen
"We didn't shoot the ball well, but we played very hard on defense and went to the boards well,
and that made it very hard for Owen County to score," Schlarman said.
BROSSART 8 10 12 15 -- 45
OWEN CO 3 7 11 7 -- 28
BROSSART (45): Kremer 0 3 3, Henry 3 2 9, Doyle 2 1 5, Anderson 1 0 2, Smith 3 3 10, Rhoden 2 0 4, McDole 6 0 12
Totals 17 9 45.
OWEN COUNTY (28): Thomas 1 0 3, Osborne 1 0 2, Caulley 2 0 4, Mefford 1 0 2, Marston 2 0 6, Reinke 2 0 4, Mills 2 3
7. Totals 11 3 28.
Three-pointers: B-Henry, Smith. OC-Marston 2, Thomas.
I remember vividly sitting in my hotel room in Richmond following our win over Owen County typing a story onto BMustangs
and trying to come up with something positive to say about this extremely ugly contest besides the fact that we won and that we
held the Rebels to 28 points. The following day the Lexington Herald-Leader billed it as the game between "the two gangs who
couldn't shoot straight." That probably summed it up best. Neither team could find the basket and instead of getting better as it
went along, the foul smell emitting from the McBrayer playing surface only increased. It was a game that neither team felt good
about, but it was a trip over the track and in keeping with the tournament adage of "Survive and Advance", we had advanced.
The Kentucky Post story appears below:
After surviving Owen County the Mustangs were right back in action the next afternoon vs Frankfort. The Panthers had
decimated Louisville Christian Academy the day before by over fifty points. Brossart had also stuck LCA with a 62-31 loss back
in the Catholic Social Services Classic at Thomas More College so the Brossart-Frankfort matchup appeared to be a toss-up.
The game was brutal from the git-go and our Mustangs never truly ever got un-tracked. Physical play by Frankfort and untimly
toots by an overzealous official kept the Mustangs on their heels throughout the contest. Although we made a couple of
mini-runs in the second half, the Mustangs' stay in Richmond was over in the quarterfinals of the tournament that St. Henry
would go on to claim. Although being brutalized by our opponents, they shot 31 free-throws to our 19. Brossart outscored them
from the field 38-30. It was just one of those games that leaves you with an emptiness in the pit of your stomach and a feeling
that maybe you deserved a better fate.
The Kentucky Post article below describes the contest.
Brossart's Boys Suffer Fourth-Quarter Blues
Exit Small School Tournament Via Frankfort
By Terry Boehmker
Post staff reporter
RICHMOND -- The Bishop Brossart boys' basketball team is having a hard time breaking a bad habit.
Coach Willie Schlarman said whenever the Mustangs fall behind in the fourth quarter this season they aren't able to make a
It happened again Friday and Frankfort defeated Brossart, 55-45, in the quarterfinal round of the
All "A" Classic at Eastern Kentucky University. The Mustangs trailed by only one point, 37-36, in
the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, but the margin went up as the clock wound down.
"We've been down in the fourth quarter five times this year and we lost all five games," Schlarman
said. "That's as much my fault and it is the players' fault. They get that vibe from me. I need to
settle down so they'll settle down."
Frankfort outscored Brossart, 18-11, in the fourth quarter with the Panthers getting 12 points at
the foul line. The final statistics showed Frankfort converted 26 of 31 free throws while Brossart
was 10-of-19 from the line. Frankfort coach Scott Chalk said the Panthers came into the tournament shooting less than 70
percent from the free-throw line so he was pleasantly surprised with their new-found accuracy. But Chalk said his team's 34-20
edge in total rebounds was the difference in the game. Brossart didn't get a single stickback basket off a rebound during the entire
game. "Our big thing coming into this tournament was beating teams on the defensive boards," Chalk said. "If we do that we feel
like we can outscore most teams at the other end."
There were seven lead changes during the first half before Frankfort jumped ahead, 25-20, in the
final minutes. The Panthers made seven free throws during a 9-2 run just before halftime.
The closest Brossart got after that was 37-36 on a baseline jumper by junior forward Rob Doyle
early in the fourth quarter. But Frankfort extended its lead to 49-40 with a 12-4 run that included
six free throws and Brossart wasn't able to recover. The Mustangs missed seven of their last eight
field goal attempts and ended up shooting 38.1 percent (16 of 42).
Brossart's leading scorers were Doyle, senior guard Jeff Henry and senior forward Mitch Orth with
10 points each. Orth said the Mustangs missed a lot of shots close to the basket. "We have to deal
with the contact inside and finish our shots no matter what happens," Orth said. "We just missed them tonight."
Frankfort shot 38.9 percent (14 of 36) from the field, but the Panthers made up for it at the free throw line. The team's leading
scorers were sophomore guard Torian Robertson with 18 points and senior guard Chris Current with 15.
BROSSART 10 10 14 11 -- 45
FRANKFORT 12 13 12 18 -- 55
BROSSART (45): Kremer 0 1 1, Henry 4 0 10, Doyle 3 3 10, Orth 5 0 10, Smith 1 2 4, Rhoden 3 3 9, McDole 0 1 1.
Totals 16 10 45.
FRANKFORT (55): Dunaway 4 1 10, W. Current 1 2 4, Hall 1 6 8, C. Current 4 7 15, Robertson 4 10 18.
Totals 14 26 55.
Three-pointers: BB -- Henry 2, Doyle. F -- Dunaway.
Records: Brossart 17-5, Frankfort 17-5.