February 7th, 2017

Super Sunday afterthoughts

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer


Super Sunday afterthoughts
BU freshman Alex Cook lays it in for No. 5/7 ranked Knights - photo: Garry Jones / cover: former St. X football coach Mike Glaser with alum Chad O'Shea in Houston just days before the Super Bowl / photo: Mike Glaser

Some super thoughts after a Super Sunday...

--A hearty congratulations to St. Xavier alum and current New England Patriots Wide Receiver coach Chad O’Shea on another Super Bowl title. What he’s done in his seven years at his position is astounding considering that he’s coached only one All-Pro level receiver, Wes Welker, in that time.

The Patriots receivers possess a toughness and a want-to on a consistent basis that enables them to, as their head coach Bill Belichick says, “Do your job,” at a very high level. Just think about the incredible catch Julian Edelman made among three Atlanta defenders in the title contest. That will be replayed forever as one of the all-time greats. 

O’Shea has coached 14 seasons in the NFL following college coaching stints at Southern Mississippi and his alma mater, Houston. 

--BU Men’s Basketball

The Bellarmine men's basketball team is playing exceptionally well and moving towards another GLVC regular season title.

Currently ranked at No. 5/7 in the two major polls for D-II men’s basketball, the Knights are putting on quite the show in conference and at home in the cozy confines of Knights Hall.

Quick, when’s the last BU men’s loss at home?

It was a Dec. 13, 2014 overtime loss to eventual national champion Florida Southern.

The Knights are playing with great offensive efficiency (they are fourth in the conference in scoring), but it’s their defense that is giving a championship effort. Bellarmine is the top-ranked scoring defense in the GLVC allowing just 67 points per game.

They do all of this with only one player standing above 6-foot-7 in sophomore Adam Eberhard, who is 6’8”.

By the way, Eberhard is the team leader in points (17.7 per game), rebounds (7.4) and assists (3.7). In conference games, Eberhard ranks seventh overall in scoring and rebounding, and eighth in assists in the

--BU Women’s Basketball

Coach Chancellor Dugan's Knights have played to a top-five ranking, but in recent weeks have tumbled in the rankings due a 3-3 record in their past six games.

The Knights started the season 10-0 before dropping a heartbreaker to No. 1 Ashland on Dec. 30. They then won five in a row capped by a stellar all-around performance at conference rival Southern Indiana.

Following that win, the Knights have alternated a loss with a win in the past three weeks, losing their Thursday night game and winning on Saturday. It’s decidedly not must-see basketball on those past three Thursday outings.

They'll need to continue to step up the defensive effort and if their most recent game is any indication, the Knights are starting to do just that. When the Knights get outstanding defensive efforts from local products Destony Curry (Manual) and Raven Merriweather (Sacred Heart), they get easy buckets in transition.

The team can score, but in order to make a run in the GLVC and NCAA tournaments, they'll have to do it with defense first. And they're certainly capable.

--High School Hoops - Girls

Assumption – Though only 10-15 ahead of tonight’s game vs. Holy Cross, the Rockets have played one of the region’s most challenging schedules. Head coach Amy Siegel has seen steady development in her team, but a strong point guard would definitely help.

Holy Cross – First year head coach Olivia Moore, a former standout for the Cougars, has coaxed a 10-13 record out of her young squad. Featuring only two seniors, Moore continues to press forward. With five juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen, Moore is building a solid foundation that will challenge for All-A regional supremacy with Presentation in the near future.

Mercy – The Jaguars, along with Sacred Heart, have faced one of the toughest schedules in the state. Don’t let their 12-12 record fool you, as they have one of the best bigs in the area in 6-foot-3 Danielle Feldkamp. And freshman point guard Hope Sivori is showing promise running the offense. The Jags need to hit shots to make a run in the always-tough Sixth Region with defending state champ and current state No. 1-ranked Butler in the mix.

Presentation – The 13-7 Toppers once again with their All-A regional and made it to Frankfort. Head coach Dave Jackson will be honored for 30-years of service to the Toppers basketball program at next Monday’s home game vs. Holy Cross. The Toppers will host a tough district battle on Thursday against Central.

Sacred Heart – Coach Donna Moir’s Valkyries sit at 19-5 and are currently ranked No. 5 in the state Associated Press poll. Two of those losses were to out of state opponents and two more were to No. 1 Butler (Jan. 28) and No. 8 Manual (Dec. 23). The Valkyries host the top-ranked Butler Bearettes tomorrow night.

--High School Hoops - Boys

DeSales – The Colts are a solid 14-8 with six tough games remaining, four of them against Eighth Region foes Oldham County (winners of 11 straight), Collins, Shelby County and North Oldham. They’ll face rival Holy Cross in the South Side Showdown on Sunday at Valley and host one of the state’s very best in Trinity on Valentine’s Day. The rowdy student section, known as “The Danger Zone”, will surely be rocking that night.

Holy Cross – Under new head coach Kent Foushee, the Cougars are 5-3 in 2017 and 11-10 overall. They won their All-A region and are 4-5 in regional play. Of their six remaining games, two will be against LCSN teams St. Xavier (tonight) and at Valley to play DeSales in the South Side Showdown on Sunday.

St. X – The Tigers dispatched Male last Friday in convincing fashion and in the process put on display the rising one-two combo of point guard James Taylor and forward Pierce Kiesler. The two combined for 32 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in leading the Tigers to a 78-54 win. Head coach Kevin Klein has made a couple of tweaks to his lineup rotations and those seem to be paying off. With five games remaining, the 13-10 Tigers are looking to catch fire heading into postseason play.

Trinity – The 21-3 Shamrocks are ranked No. 4 in the state according to the most recent AP poll, but they’ve wins over No. 2 Fern Creek and No. 3 Covington Catholic, both coming in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament. The Rocks have also lost twice to Fern Creek.

But head coach Mike Szabo has worked senior point guard Jacob King back into the lineup quite nicely. King, who was out until early January with a broken finger, is once again leading the Trinity attack in their efforts to earn back-to-back trips to Rupp Arena and The Sweet 16. 

 

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