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NewCath Beats Holmes, Picks Up 20th Win

The second matchup of the double header at BB&T Arena featured the Holmes Bulldogs and Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds.

Normally a much anticipated matchup, the energy in the arena was lacking on Friday night. In fact, none of the four teams that played brought a big crowd with them to Highland Heights.

The lack of energy in the arena seemed to rub off on Holmes as they never really appeared to get into the flow of the game. NewCath, on the other hand, played well despite missing two starters due to sickness and their top player, Ben Weyer, coming off an illness himself. In the end, NewCath was able to overcome these obstacle and went on to win by the score of 59-­41.

The Thoroughbreds controlled the game from the opening tip. Weyer had a significant height advantage and it showed as he scored the first basket of the game with relative ease. Holmes answered with a basket of their own, but NewCath then rattled off three straight buckets to push the lead to 10-­4. Holmes hit a couple of shots before the end of the quarter, making the score 14­-9 in favor of newCath as it came to an end.

In the second quarter, NewCath would break the game wide open. Holmes guard Markel McClendon let his emotions get the best of him after a questionable call by the referees. McClendon was given a technical which jump started a 9­-0 run by the Thoroughbreds to close out the half. NewCath held a 32-­16 lead heading into the locker room.

Things started to get interesting in the third quarter as Holmes picked up the intensity on defense. To go along with the pesky defense, McClendon got into a rhythm and started knocking down some shots, cutting his team's deficit to 10 as the third quarter came to a close.

NewCath Head Coach Ron Dawn was none too pleased by that after holding the Holmes guard in check during the first half.

“When McClendon hit the three threes, I was disappointed. We wanted to make him put it on the floor and try to beat us off the dribble,” said Dawn.

The surge by the Bulldogs was short lived, however. NewCath came out on fire in the fourth quarter and quickly pushed the lead back to 16. With just a few minutes left to play, the score was 53-­37 in favor of NewCath. They would go on to win the game by the score of 59-­41.

With the loss, Holmes falls to 12­-9 on the season while NewCath improved to an impressive 20-­5 with the victory. It was an overall impressive performance by the Thoroughbreds, considering the fact that they were missing two starters.

“We had seven guys out this week for practice, so we’re just trying to get healthy. But like I said, this is a great win for us. Anytime you beat Holmes, it’s a good win,” said Dawn.

The Thoroughbreds will take on Bellevue on Monday night. Holmes will look to rebound against Connor on Tuesday.

- Written by Patrick Henke, RCN contributor