FRANKFORT — Newport Central Catholic put an exclamation point on its championship three-peat in the boys' Touchstone Energy All "A' Classic by posting the most lopsided title-game victory in tournament history.
NewCath nuked Monroe County 78-36 in Sunday afternoon's finals in the Frankfort Convention Center. The 42-point margin dwarfed the previous biggest spread of 25 points (University Heights' 61-36 rout of Caverna in 1996.)
"It's great to get the three-peat," Coach Ron Dawn said. "It was a goal we set at the first of the year. But I didn't think it'd be like this today.
"I anticipated a tough game like last night ( a 55-51 win over Lexington Christian). But we played about as well as we could play today."
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Ben Weyer, a 6-foot-6 junior, was the Thoroughbreds' big horse in the first half, especially after 6-7 teammate Drew McDonald went to the bench early with two fouls.
Weyer had 19 points to help stake his team to a 39-23 lead at the break.
NewCath played even better in the second half. Monroe County had no answer for Weyer, McDonald and Zack Pangallo, and it became a running-clock mercy rule finish to the finals.
Weyer wound up with 26 points and seven rebounds.
"He was fantastic," Dawn said. "When Drew went out, he took over inside and outside. He had an unbelievable game."
McDonald had 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and also had nine rebounds.
Pangallo, a 5-11 senior, had 12 points and 12 assists, and he earned his second consecutive MVP award.
Monroe County Coach Steve Kirkpatrick was impressed by the way Pangallo went about his business.
"He's a smooth point guard," Kirkpatrick said. "He just does what he needs to do to get his team in a position to win. Sometimes you don't even notice he's out there because he does everything so quiet. That's a sign of a good player."
Kirkpatrick thought NewCath's defense was exceptional. "We wanted to push the ball early, but they got back so well, there wasn't anything there," he said. "And in their half-court defense, there were no easy passes."
Monroe County shot 27 percent (13 of 48, including two of 21 three-pointers). Skyler Geralds had 13 points, and Dillion Geralds had 12 points and five rebounds.
NewCath shot 63 percent (29 of 46, including nine of 21 threes).
The Thoroughbreds now have their third All "A" title in a row, and they'd like to follow it up like they did their first small-school title.
Dawn guided NewCath to the 2000 All "A" championship in February, and a month later had NewCath in the Sweet Sixteen.
The Thoroughbreds haven't been back to Rupp Arena since then.
"We'll celebrate this tonight," Pangallo said, " but tomorrow we go back to work to get ready for the 9th Region and try to get to Rupp."
Weyer had the same outlook: "It's pretty awesome to three-peat here," he said. "But we really want to win the 9th Region and play in Rupp."