|The Brossart Mustangs had drawn a tough opponent in Campbell County in the opening round of the 1998 38th District
Tournament. The implications were that the winner would continue on and the loser's season would be over. Campbell
had defeated Brossart 61-54 in the Crosstown Shootout that year. Although the Mustangs were much improved the
Camels dominated the first half of the game and led 47-31 when a technical foul turned the tide and opened the door
for one of the most pronounced comebacks in Brossart Mustangs history,
before a full house at the Campbell County Middle School.
|February 23, 1998
Late Brossart Surge Sinks Camels
Technical Foul Shifts Momentum
By Richard Skinner, Post Assistant Sports Editor
Things couldn't have been much worse for the Bishop Brossart High School boys' basketball team late in the third quarter of its
38th District first-round game with Campbell County on Monday night.
The Mustangs trailed 47-31 inside the final four minutes of the third quarter and their leading scorer, Senior Nathan Seiter, was
on the bench with four fouls and no points.
"I really didn't feel too good about our chances," said Seiter. "We needed a spark."
Brossart got it in two ways: a questionable-call technical foul on Campbell County senior forward T.J. Dragoo and the play of
Mustangs Junior Guard Curtis Bezold.
From the tme Dragoo was called for the technical foul, with 3:19 left in the third quarter, Brossart outscored Campbell County
37-10 to post a 68-57 victory before a capacity crowd at Campbell County Middle School.
Brossart (24-6) will play Silver Grove at 7:45pm Wednesday in a district semi-final game.
Dragoo, whose spirited play was a major reason Campbell County built its 47-31 lead, was called for the technical after
slamming the ball to the court after a traveling violation was called against him.
"He was mad at himself, not the referees," said Campbell County Head Coach Dan Sullivan. "You don't call a "T" in that
situation. It was an absolutely horrible call."
Sullivan said that play turned the momentum in Brossart's favor, and Bezold built it more.
After Seiter made the two free throws from the technical foul for his first two points of the game,
Bezold scored eight of Brossart's next twelve points in a 14-2 run that cut the lead to 48-45 entering
the fourth quarter.
After Brossart closed to 48-47 on Seiter's only field of of the game, Campbell County seemingly
re-took control and built its lead back to 55-49 with 3:40 left in the game.
Bezold, who finished with 16 points, 11 in the second half, made a running bank shot n the lane that started a 13-0 spurt. He
also had the assist on Nick Moher's three-pointer from the left corner with 2:20 left that gave Brossart its first lead, 56-55.
(When Nick Moher hit the 3 to put the Mustangs ahead the entire Brossart section jumped to their feet and roared. It was one
of the most demonstrative spontaneous reactions I have ever seen - We have it on videotape.)
"We've been down in games before, but we faced a lot of adversity, especially with Nathan in foul trouble," said Brossart coach
Willie Schlarman. "We've won some games this season when he hasn't scored a lot of points and I think once the players
realized it wasn't his night, they stepped up."
Said Bezold: "Once I hit that three-poiter (after Seiter made the technical foul shots) I got a lot of confidence," Bezold said.
Bishop Brossart 11 17 17 23 68
Campbell County 16 18 14 9 57
Brossart (68) N. Seiter 1-7-9, Hagedorn 3-3-9, Mohr 8-1-18, J. Seiter 4-0-8, Bezold 6-3-16, Macke 3-0-6,
Schultz 0-2-2, Totals: 25-16-68
Campbell Co (57) Guthier 2-2-6, Ballinger 2-3-7, Dragoo 5-4-14, Niemeier 4-0-10, Vahlsing 1-0-2, Turner 2-0-4,
Bilz 5-4-14, Totals: 21-15-57
Three Point Goals: BB - Mohr, Bezold, CC - Niemeier 2 Records: BB 23-6 CC 13-12
|After our dramatic win over Campbell County in the opening round of the tournament, Brossart would beat Silver
Grove setting up a re-match of that year's All "A" Regional Finals in which Bracken County had upset our
Mustangs. This game would come in the finals of the 1998 38th District Tournament.
The really ironic thing about this game is that Nathan Seiter was experiencing back spasms that evening and was
being treated with heat pads just prior to the start. It was questionable whether he would even play in this game.
|Brossart Rallies For 38th Title Win
Seiter Scores 31 Points in 69-61 Victory
Enquirer Staff Report - Printed Saturday February 28, 1998
Nathan Seiter scored 10 fourth-quarter points to lead Brossart to a 69-61 come-fom-behind victory over Bracken County in the
boys 38th District Championship.
Brossart trailed by four entering the fourth quarter but took the lead and held it by making 12 of 14 from the foul line. Seiter
was 6 of 6 from the line in the closing minutes.
Seiter finished with a game-high 31 points; brother Justin Seiter added 18.
Adam Reed paced Bracken County with 20 points.
Bishop Brossart (69) N. Seiter 11-6-31, Hagedorn 2-0-4, Mohr 2-0-4, J. Seiter 7-4-18,
Bezold 3-6-12 Totals: 26-16-69
Bracken County (61) Reed 6-4-20, Clayton 3-0-6, Tucker 3-1-7, Day 6-1-15, Wright 3-0-7,
King 0-1-1, Johnson 2-1-5 Totals: 23-8-61
Three Point Goals: BB N. Seiter 3 BC - Reed 4, Day 2, Wright
Records: Brossart 24-7 Bracken Co 17-12