New Cath Doubles Up Bellevue 78-39
Newport Central Catholic went on the road and picked up a convincing win at Bellevue’s Ben Flora Gymnasium last night, 78-39. The win was NCC’s thirteenth in a row, improving their season record to 23-3. The loss snapped Bellevue’s six-game winning streak, dropping their record to an even 12-12 on the season.
NCC jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first minute of the game and never looked back. The Thoroughbreds converted six first quarter steals into numerous transition baskets at the other end. At the end of one quarter of play, NCC held a 28-8 lead over the Tigers.
The second quarter saw more of the same, as NCC continued to release guards to the offensive end when they anticipated their defense to force a turnover. The Thoroughbreds went to the locker room at halftime with a 50-17 lead.
NCC saw their lead balloon to 40 by the midway point of the third quarter, thanks in large part to seven offensive rebounds in the first four minutes of the quarter. This marked the end of the Thoroughbred starters’ night. Bellevue continued to battle on both ends, however, playing NCC even the rest of the way.
Senior center Drew McDonald led the way offensively for the Thoroughbreds with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Junior forward Ben Weyer chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Senior forwards Austin Woodyard and Zach Barrett tied for the scoring lead for the Tigers with 13 points each.
As NCC continues to roll through the latter half of their schedule, Head Coach Ron Dawn emphasized that his team remains focused on their final goal of a state championship. “We’ve had very few, if any, bad practices,” said Coach Dawn. “These guys come ready to play every game, even when they’re heavily favored to win. They all share the ball and they know that defense is the top priority for us.”
Bellevue is back in action tonight for their third game in as many days, as they travel to Villa Hills to take on Villa Madonna. Newport Central Catholic takes on 9th Region rival Holmes on Friday.
Story by Alex Valentine, RCN contributor
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