|The 2000-01 Mustangs were the beneficiaries of the success of their 10th Region Championship/State Tournament
predecessors and were invited to play in the I-Wireless Classic in the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier
University. The Mustangs, defending champions of the Tenth Region, were matched up with arch-rival NewCath,
defending champions of the Ninth Region.
Newcath came into the game ranked number one in Northern Kentucky. The Mustangs, who had graduated four
starters off of our 2000 team, were Number Eleven. It took a last second three pointer to beat us - 39-38. The
Mustangs also played in the Shoemaker Center this same season and were invited to play in the
Owensboro Invitational Tournament at the Owensboro Sportscenter.
The Mustangs would return to the Cintas Center in December of 2001 and will be back this December to play
Colson's Eleventh Hour Heroics Salvage NCC
Win 39-38 Over Brossart In Cintas Center
By Kevin Goheen, Post contributor
Ronny Dawn sat helplessly on the Newport Central Catholic bench with a sprained ankle, so the Thoroughbreds had to find a
new offensive hero.
Senior forward Jeff Colson calmly stepped into that role in a battle between last season's 9th and 10th region champions.
Colson's three-point field goal from the right corner with 20.1 seconds left gave
NewCath a 39-38 win over Bishop Brossart Saturday afternoon at Xavier
University's Cintas Center in the i-wireless Invitational Hoops Classic.
Brossart had two chances to go back out in front in the final seconds, but Chris
Ryan's initial shot was too strong off the right side of the rim and Brandon Seiter's
stickback wouldn't fall.
It was the first game of the season for NewCath, the preseason No. 1 in The
Kentucky Post's coaches poll. No. 11 Brossart fell to 2-1.
''I knew we had to score,'' said Colson, a shooting guard at Grant County last season before transfering to NewCath this
season. ''I just caught it and shot. Coach Dawn asks me to play more of a forward inside, which is OK with me, but I like to
shoot the ball, too.''
Colson, who finished with nine points, took the pass from senior point guard Vince Bonhaus in stride
and fired away in one motion. Bonhaus had grabbed the loose ball after Ryan had missed the front end
of a bonus free throw.
''I was just hoing to push it down the court to get a quick bucket,'' Bonhaus said.
''Jeff spotted up in the corner and hit the shot.''
Poor free-throw shooting plagued the Mustangs all game long as they made just 7-of-16 from the
foul line. NewCath hit 17 of 22 foul shots. NewCath had 14 turnovers to Brossart's nine.
Colson's shot overshadowed a stellar game by senior center Corey Myers (15 points and 16 rebounds).
NEWCATH (39): Bonhaus 0 8 8, Colson 3 2 9, Heister 1 2 4, Myers 5 5 15, Lynn 1 0 3.
Totals 10 17 39.
BROSSART (38): Ziegler 2 1 7, Kremer 1 0 2, Eten 1 0 3, Ryan 3 4 10, Lusckek 3 0 6, Rhoden 2 2 6, Seiter 2 0 4.
Totals 14 7 38.
Halftime: NewCath, 23-17. Three-point goals: NCC-Colson, Lynn. B-Ziegler 2, Eten.
Records: NewCath 1-0, Brossart 2-1.
|Rob Luschek was
named the Mustangs
|Coach Schlarman Delivers Cintas Pregame Talk
HOPKINS CENTRAL 19 3 21 20 -63
BISHOP BROSSART 10 16 9 24 -59
HOPKINS CENTRAL (63): Hill 5 6 17, Barber 2 3 8, Coffman 8 3 19, Roberts 2 6 10, Dugger 2 3 8, Evans 0 1 1.
Totals 19 22 63.
BISHOP BROSSART (59): Ziegler 1 8 10, Lloyd 2 0 4, Eten 1 0 2, Ryan 7 2 17, Luschek 3 5 11, D.Rhoden 2 0 4,
P.Rhoden 2 7 11. Totals 18 22 59.
Three-point goals: HC-Hill, Barber, Dugger. BB-Ryan.
Records: Hopkins Central 6-3, Bishop Brossart 7-4.
Brossart Goes 2-1 In Owensboro Invitational
Beat Host Owensboro Catholic 53-49 and Louisville Shawnee 66-46, Fall To Hopkins Central
Over Christmas of 2000 the Mustangs were the guests of the 52nd Annual Owensboro
After traveling all day on Wednesday to Western Kentucky the Mustangs promptly
upset the host Owensboro Catholic Aces 53-49 in the Owensboro Sportscenter, home of
The following day the Mustangs struck again defeating Louisville Shawnee 66-46 to go
2-0 in pool play.
Saturday dawned cold and snowy and our opponents Hopkins County Central were
delayed in arriving at the Sportscenter for our early morning contest, but nonetheless
were up to the task as they beat our Mustangs 63-59 by hitting 10 of their 13 fourth
quarter free-throws allowing them to win the pool and advance to the tournament
semi-finals played later that night.
The O.I.T. served as a good prep for the upcoming All "A" Classic regional and state
Aces Victimized By Defending
10th Region Champs
Bishop Brossart 53, Owensboro Catholic 49 - The defending 10th Region champion Mustangs
made all the right moves down the stretch of their victory over the Aces.
Paul Rhoden was 3-for-3 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final eight minutes
-finishing with a game-best 17 points. Chris Ryan, who added three fourth-quarter free throws,
"We've been having trouble getting to the foul line before our opponents this year, but I thought
we did a much better job of that in the second half of this game," said Bishop Brossart coach
Willie Schlarman, whose club improved to 5-3. "We hit our free throws down the stretch, and
that was the difference.
"It was a matchup that featured teams with real similar styles. Both teams played very hard, and
we beat a very good basketball team."
Brad Hayden scored four points in a 5-0 spurt that pulled the Aces (6-3) within 48-45 with 28
seconds to play, but Rhoden made four free throws and Ryan added another in the waning moments to keep Catholic at bay.
"We just didn't shoot the ball very well," said Aces coach Mike Orr.
"We had some good looks inside, but we didn't finish very well. The ball just didn't drop for us tonight."
Catholic was led by Kyle Roby and sophomore forward John Hays, who each scored 13 points. David Meister and Raymond
Smith each had six rebounds, and Roby dished five assists.
BISHOP BROSSART 11 16 8 18 - 53
OWENSBORO CATHOLIC 10 13 6 20 - 49
Bishop Brossart (53) - P. Rhoden 17, Ryan 16, Eten 8, Ziegler 6, Luschek 4, D. Rhoden 2.
Owensboro Catholic (49) - Hays 13, Roby 13, Hayden 6, Smith 6, Gentry 5, Meister 4, Ebelhar 2.
|The Following Article Appeared in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer December 28, 2000, the day after Brossart
upset Owensboro Catholic in the opening round of the 52nd Annual Owensboro Invitational Tournament
|After dispatching Owensboro Catholic and Louisville Shawnee, the Mustangs faced another defending regional
champion, the Hopkins-Central Storm, champions of Region Number Two. It was a great game. Being away from
home and sleeping in hotels for three days may have taken its toll on our guys and made the difference in this game,
but it was a great game nonetheless. We have tapes of the HopkinsCentral radio broadcast.
|Owensboro Cath Coach Mike
Orr and Coach Schlarman confer
prior to the tip-off of the O.I.T.
Knowing that Brossart lost four
starters to graduation, I don't
think he expected to lose.
|Here Jon Lloyd D's Up Owensboro
Catholic's All-Stater, Kyle Roby