Saturday, March 18, 2000

Brossart loses Sweet 16 quarterfinal

Enquirer contributor

Jeff Clark drives.
(Breck Smither photos)
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        LEXINGTON - Fourth Region champion Russellville knocked Bishop Brossart out of the Sweet 16 state tournament Friday night with a 60-46 quarterfinal victory at Rupp Arena.

        Junior center Tony Key and senior guard Michael Morris each scored 15 points. Key also blocked six shots, and Morris blocked three.

        But Brossart isn't letting the loss ruin its season.

        “We wanted to establish a tradition,” said junior guard Chris Ryan, who led the Mustangs with 19 points. “I think we've done that.”

        Athletic director Mel Webster coached a slow-pitch softball championship team two years ago, and Brossart has won track and cross country titles before. He said winning the 10th Region boys basketball tournament and beating Graves County in the first round Thursday is also special.

Coach Willie Schlarman talks to the bench.
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        “When you do it for the first time, it's hard to describe in words,” Webster said. “I can tell you this: Our players and coaches worked harder than any group I've been around.”

        Brossart did a good job containing Key in the first quarter. Three Mustangs — seniors Dave Enzweiler, Justin Seiter and Jeff Clark — took turns guarding the 6-foot-10 Key, who managed just a single layup by the end of the period with the Panthers leading 15-6.

        The Mustangs' press forced 23 Panthers turnovers for the game, and coach Phil Todd said his team worried more about protecting its lead than putting Brossart away.

        “I don't understand what it is,” Todd said. “... (Brossart) played hard, they didn't have much more talent than we did,” Todd said. “We cannot turn that ball over the way we did and expect to win a championship.”

        The Panthers shot 70 percent from the field in the first half, and Russellville took an 11-4 lead after five minutes, helped by five points from Morris.

Nick Ziegler on defense.
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        The Mustangs, meanwhile, were thinking about Key, and didn't drive down the lane the way they did against Graves County.

        “We wanted to keep taking it to the basket and get some fouls,” Brossart coach Willie Schlarman said. “They forced us to kick it out.”

        But Brossart's perimeter game didn't work often — the Mustangs were just 7-of-23 from the field in the first half, and they shot just 32-percent (18-of-55) from the field for the game.

        It didn't help Brossart to be scoreless for a three-minute stretch in the first quarter. Enzweiler's basket made it 11-6 Russellville with 2:26 left in the first period.

        Brossart stayed within seven points early in the second quarter; Seiter's field goal with 4:43 left in the half made it a 21-14 game.

        But Russellville countered with a 7-2 run the rest of the quarter, led by four free throws by Morris, and led 28-16 at halftime.

        Morris led the Panthers at halftime with nine points. Junior forward Nathan Thompson blocked three shots and Key blocked two in the first half.

        Thompson finished the game with 12 points.

        Ryan's free throw on a technical foul and his field goal 46 seconds into the third quarter closed Russellville's lead to 28-19, and teammate Nick Ziegler's 3-point play made it 35-25 with 4:40 left in the third.

        Brossart could get no closer the rest of the game.

        Junior forward Teco Dickerson, Key, senior forward Ricky Duncan and sophomore forward Tyree Todd each scored once over the next three minutes, and Russellville led 43-31 going to the fourth quarter.

        “We got in a hole we could not get out of,” Schlarman said. “We would have liked to handle their 1-2-2 trap better.”

        In the end, Clark said his high school career ended just fine despite the loss.

        “You can't do much better than end your season in Rupp Arena,” he said.

        RUSSELLVILLE (60) — Duncan 1-3 4-4 6, D. Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0, Key 6-8 3-4 15, Stratton 0-0 0-0 0, Hampton 5-6 2-2 12, Thompson 0-1 1-2 1, Morris 4-5 6-11 15, Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0, T. Dickerson 4-6 0-0 8, Bigbee 0-0 0-0 0, Chapa 0-0 0-0 0, R. Dickerson 0-0 0-0 0, Todd 1-1 1-2 3. Totals: 21-30 17-25 60.

        BISHOP BROSSART (46) — Ziegler 1-4 1-1 3, Lloyd 0-2 0-0 0, Eten 0-0 0-0 0, Kremer 0-0 0-0 0, Ruth 3-12 0-2 6, Ryan 6-13 3-4 19, Clark 3-9 0-0 7, Luschek 0-0 0-0 0, Enzweiler 2-3 0-0 4, Bertke 0-1 0-0 0, Rhoden 0-1 0-0 0, J. Seiter 3-10 0-1 6, B. Seiter 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 18-55 5-11 46.

        Russellville ....... 15  13  15  17—60
        Bishop Brossart ....... 6  10  16  14—46

        3-point goals: R 1-of-4 (Duncan 0-1, Morris 1-1, T. Dickerson 0-2); BB 5-of-12 (Ziegler 0-2, Ruth 0-1, Ryan 4-6, Clark 1-2, J. Seiter 0-1). Fouled out: R-T. Dickerson; BB-Lloyd. Rebounds: R 35 (Key 7, Morris 7); BB 20 (Ruth 7). Assists: R 5 (Morris 3); BB 3 (Ziegler, Lloyd, J. Seiter). Turnovers: R 23 (Duncan 4, Morris 4, Hampton 4, T. Dickerson 4); BB 12 (Clark 5). Total fouls: R 16; BB 22. Records: R 28-5, BB 20-13.

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