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New Cath Continues Winning Ways, Blows Out Lloyd

Newport Central Catholic lived up to its nickname Wednesday night on its home floor, galloping away from Lloyd Memorial, 81-34, the sixth-straight game in the win column for the Thoroughbreds. The Juggernauts – struggling all night to keep up with New Cath’s size – couldn’t get much momentum going from the outset, never inching closer than three points when junior Blake Donovan hit a three-pointer to make the score 7-4, just under two minutes in.
 
New Cath exploited its height advantage immediately with junior center Ben Weyer repeatedly on the receiving end of passes from senior guards Zach Pangallo and Grant Moeves, with the majority of his points coming from eight feet and in around the basket. “We got a lot of easy baskets out of that,” Thoroughbreds head coach Ron Dawn said of the fast break points, adding they did a good job taking advantage of Lloyd’s undersized team. “We’ve got two big guys in there who are pretty good,” he said.
 
Before Lloyd could blink, it was down 25-8 and called timeout with under four minutes to go in the quarter. Donovan hit a jumper out of the timeout but the Lloyd bucket was quickly answered by Pangallo with a three. After the Juggernauts couldn’t convert on their end of the floor, the Thoroughbreds put an exclamation point on the first half with a lob from Moeves to Weyer for a dunk and a 34-12 lead near the end of the first.
 
Lloyd’s sloppy play continued to open the second, as Donovan lost the ball out of bounds trying to dribble behind his back, essentially giving New Cath an additional three points as Pangallo added another three on their possession out of the turnover. The Thoroughbreds led by 20, 37-17. 
 
At the break, New Cath led 53-21 and widened the gap in the second half. Initially, the Juggernauts held the New Cath attack scoreless but the home team continued its barrage of three-pointers and converting close-range buckets to run away from the Juggernauts.
 
With starters long out of the game, New Cath continued to pile on in the final quarter, winning 81-34. Weyer led all scorers with 19 points. The Thoroughbreds have won 12 consecutive games against Lloyd dating back to 2006.
 
New Cath looks to continue its winning ways Friday night at home vs. Covington Catholic, while Lloyd travels to take on Beechwood.
 
Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor