Friday was our last day of two session basketball. From here forward we are in the Final Four. Today 4 teams will battle to make it to Sunday’s Championship.
In the first game of Friday, NewCath met Murray in an uncontested win. Folks, I’m not sure anyone in this tournament has an answer for Ben Weyer, who had 27 points and 12 rebounds in this game against the Tigers. Murray came alive in the 3Q, winning that quarter by 4, and seemed like they may have a chance but that spark faded quickly. NewCath’s Weyer isn’t the only cast member putting up huge numbers, Brennan Hall pitched in 21 points, making two of the Breds account for 64% of the scoring on their own. Murray only had one player reach double digit scoring and Clark only accounted for 10. The Tigers just could not match NewCath’s 47% from the field, and fell 75-54. The Thoroughbreds are on to the Final Four.
Game 2 has been the most exciting of games since we began on Wednesday. Dunbar and Bowling Green kept the fans engaged. Bowling Green matched well with Dunbar, since Jones returned from his two-game suspension, and it truly looked as if the Purples had sent the Dogs packing in the first half, with a lead as large as 16. Bowling Green did a fantastic job of keeping Dunbar’s Taveion Hollingsworth quiet in the first half, but he really came alive when it mattered, and scored 12 of his 16 points in the 3rd and 4th Quarters. Dunbar made a miraculous comeback in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Bowling Green by 13, then put the nail in the coffin in the 4th, outscoring by only 3, but just enough to win this game 57-51. Dunbar is still dancing – straight to the Final Four, and they face NewCath at 6:30PM. Will the fans choose this over the Cats game that tips off at 5:40? You’ll find me in Rupp watching what is sure to be a dandy – where the Dog Pound student section is one of my favorites of the tournament.
On Friday evening, Doss and Taylor County went head-to-head. I had hoped for more from Taylor County’s Quentin Goodin, but he played too unselfishly and it resulted in a fairly easy win from Doss. Doss had 4 players score in double digits and shot 53% from the field vs. Taylor County’s 37%. With only one lead change and an 18-8 1st Quarter, Doss made it fairly clear who controlled the game; they are a good sized, athletic team and are going to give any opponent trouble. Taylor County had an amazing run, but ultimately fell to Doss 69-58. I do look forward to seeing Quentin Goodin on the big stage at Xavier and fully believe we haven’t heard the last of him.
The final game of Friday was a tough one to watch. A total of 28 turnovers from both squads and no lead changes made for a game that wasn’t very thrilling; South Oldham had no answer for South Laurel, who was shooting 52% from the field – with two players exceeding 20pts each. South Oldham seemed tired, we have seen far better performances from them this season and post season. South Laurel outscored them in all quarters but the 2nd, in which they tied, and it resulted in a hefty loss, 71-42. South Laurel advances to the Final Four where they meet Doss at 8:00PM. I have to say that I look forward to their student section at least once more; the Cardinal Crazies are extremely entertaining.
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