That's what Covington Catholic showed down the stretch Friday when it moved past Doss with a 61-48 quarterfinals victory in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen.
The defending champions trailed 41-40 late in the third quarter before taking control in front of a Rupp Arena crowd of 11,178.
The Colonels made their move with their top scorer, Bo Schuh, on the bench with four fouls. And they did so by holding Doss without a field goal for more than 10 minutes.
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"I thought the second half, similar to (Wednesday), was a half where we ran our sets," CovCath Coach Scott Ruthsatz said. "We handled their pressure for the most part, and we rebounded.
"We had some big guys step up when we got in some foul trouble. Will Heppler, for instance. I thought he really did well banging inside. I thought we executed everything offensively that we wanted to. I thought defensively, just going to a zone, trying to keep them out of the lane (worked)."
With the zone limiting Doss to mostly perimeter shots, and with the Colonels hitting the boards, CovCath's transition game got in gear.
The win puts the fifth-rated Colonels (31-5) into Saturday's semifinals against Owensboro.
Cole VonHandorf topped the CovCath attack with 17 points. Schuh wound up with 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals, although limited to 23 minutes.
Andy Flood and Cooper Theobald each scored 11, with Flood grabbing six of the Colonels' 38 rebounds. Heppler, in 13 minutes off the bench, had four points and four rebounds.
No. 11 Doss (27-7) got 11 points from Ramon Collins. Dujuanta Weaver had 10 points, five of the Dragons' 27 rebounds and five assists.
"I thought that if we lost to any team, it would be a well-coached team. It would be a team that had been here before, had experience," Doss Coach Tony Williams said. "It'd be a team that's tough by nature, a team that will fight you back. I'm not proud to lose, but I can accept losing to a tough team like that."
Doss took a 41-40 lead on a Collins put-back with 2:45 left in the third quarter.
But that would be the Dragons' last field goal until the final 30 seconds of the game.
Schuh made a free throw to tie the game at 41.
He exited with 1:39 left in the third, though, after he and Doss's Weaver were called for a double-technical, Schuh's fourth foul.
Heppler came in and promptly scored on the low post to give CovCath a 43-41 lead through three quarters.
Doss got a free throw by Terrell Gray to open the fourth-quarter scoring, but the next 12 points belonged to the Colonels.
Theobald scored on a drive, Heppler hit a point-blank jumper and VonHandorf scored on a drive. VonHandorf scored the last six points of the flurry from the free throw line, where he would finish 9-for-10.
CovCath finished 19-for-43 (44.2 percent) from the field, 22-for-32 (68.8 percent) at the foul line. Doss went 18-for-52 (34.6 percent) and 8-for-13 (61.5 percent).
"They were tough and they contested every shot," Williams said. "I don't remember getting a clean look out there, so hats off to them."