Saturday, March 11, 2000

Brossart reaches finals

Mustangs will face Mason County

Enquirer contributor

        MAYSVILLE — The Bishop Brossart Mustangs struck a blow for balance — barely — and it landed them in the 10th Region finals.

        Brossart senior forward Jeff Clark scored late on a driving layup along the left baseline, and the Mustangs held on for a 61-60 victory over Maysville St. Patrick in the semifinals of the 10th Region tournament at Mason County High School on Friday night.

        Bishop Brossart (18-12) earned its second trip in three years to the finals, where it will meet Mason County at 7:30p.m. today.

        St. Patrick (20-9) has not reached the finals in 56 years.

        “Words cannot explain how we feel,” Clark said. “It's March Madness. It was a heck of a game. St. Patrick played a heck of a game.”

        Brossart hit its first 11 free throws of the fourth quarter and led by as many as eight points, but the Saints kept charging back. They tied the game on two free throws by Justin Owens with 45.3 seconds left.

        The Mustangs came back and worked the ball around, trying to free up leading scorer Justin Seiter.

        “We ran a a double screen for Justin, and Clarkie was one of the screeners,” Brossart coach Willie Schlarman said. “Somehow, the ball got stepped on, and we had to reverse it to Chris (Ryan). He found Jeff on the wing.

        “He hit the same kind of shot against Campbell County.”

        “I wasn't even supposed to be in the play,” said Clark, who was one of three Mustangs in double figures with 13 points. “I saw the baseline was wide open. Luckily, nobody stepped in there.”

        Seiter led the Mustangs with 20 points, including 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Scott Ruth added 12 points for Brossart.

        Brossart's balance helped outweigh the St. Patrick two-man attack of Ike Poe and Justin Owens. They scored 50 of the Saints' 60 points, with Poe getting 26. Owens was 10-for-10 from the line and hit the game's only two 3-point shots.

        “He is so good,” Schlarman said. “We put a box-and-one on him and it worked for a while, and then we tried a triangle-and-two, and it worked pretty decent, though it didn't look like it.”

        MAYSVILLE ST. PATRICK (60) — Murray 2 0 4, Walton 1 0 2, Poe 11 4 26, Owens 6 10 24, Conway 2 0 4. Totals: 22 14 60.

        BISHOP BROSSART (61) — Ruth 6 0 12, Ryan 3 3 9, Clark 3 7 13, Enzweiler 1 0 2, Seiter 7 6 20. Totals: 22 17 61.

        Maysville St. Patrick ....... 17  10  12  21—60

        Bishop Brossart ....... 10  17  13  21—61

        3-pointers: MSP—Owens 2. Records: MSP 20-9, BB 18-12.


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