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No. 5 Cavs down Rocks

February 2, 2019

Eric Mustard brought Scotus Central Catholic boys basketball to within striking distance right before haltime in Friday’s contest with Class C-1 No. 5 Wahoo Neumann.

His buzzer-beating 3-pointer sent the teams to the locker room separated by just three points. It was as close as Scotus came the rest of the way.

Neumann went on a 10-0 run midway through the third thanks to SCC turnovers, cold Shamrock shooting and hot Cavalier shooting and rode that momentum to a 58-41 victory.

The loss dropped Scotus to 5-13 and gave the ’Rocks their night straight defeat.

“It went really well the first half. We did everything we needed to do correctly. We didn’t rotate a couple times, that’s why they had a lead there at the half. We could have easily had a lead at the end of the first half,” coach Tyler Swanson said.

“The second half it boiled down to, they hit their first three shots, we missed a layup, a wide-open 3 and we had a couple turnovers.

Neumann made the first two shots of the game, but Caden Pelan hit a 3, allowing Scotus to stay withing two points at the end of the first eight minutes.

The Cavaliers led 9-7 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, both teams traded shots back-and-forth. Bryce Vuncannon connected on a layup to tie the game and hit a 3-pointer a minute in to give Scouts an 12-11 advantage.

The Cavaliers responded with a deep shot of their own to take the lead back and kept it the rest of the game.

″(The lead) ballooned really quickly from three to 11. We called a timeout and then it was 15. We battled the whole game. We worked our tails off. Shots didn’t fall for us, we turned it over too much,” Swanson said about the second-half break down.

There were things we couldn’t control. They shot a lot of free throws. A lot of things we maybe could have got to the line on weren’t called. We can’t control that. That’s kind of how it went tonight.”

No. 5 Bishop Neumann has give teams problems all year, something Swanson attributes that to their hard work.

“They always play hard,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who they put on the floor those guys work their tails off ... They shoot the ball well.

“The fact of the matter is, they work harder than anyone they play against. That’s why they went on a run in the conference tournament. That’s why they pulled away from us tonight and that’s why they’re going to be a tough out the rest of the year for anyone that plays them.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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