February 5th, 2021

Covington Catholic rolled past the Tigers 73-49

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


Covington Catholic rolled past the Tigers 73-49
photo by Ed Peak

 It was one of those games St. Xavier would like to forget in a hurry. No matter what the Tigers tried to do it didn't work. No. 4 Covington Catholic rolled past the Tigers 73-49, Friday night.

 

The Colonels press forced St. X into 14 turnovers and 44.7 percent shooting from the field. Visiting CovCath (11-2) led all the way ran its way to a 30-15 halftime lead. St. X made just five of 15 shots from the floor in the first half.

 

"They are long and it's tough to pass around that team," said St. X guard Ben Varga. "They are deep and they just kept coming at us with so many players. It was overwhelming at times."

 

CovCath never led up and led 71-45 late in the third quarter. Sophomore guard Evan Ispano led the Colonels with 28 points, 16 in the first half. 

 

The Colonels played at DeSales and at Trinity in January were in two tight games. Against St. X the Colonels were determined not to let that happen.

 

"We made it hard on them," said Espano. "Our press can do that. I was just getting open, hitting shots."

 

Donovan Stocks added 16 points as the Colonels had 10 different players score. CovCath hit a blistering 58.7 percent from the field (27 of 46) which included seven of 18 three point attempts.

 

CovCath led 30-15 at halftime scored nine straight points and a Stocks three pushed the lead to 44-18. 

 

"We want to dictate offensively and defensively and we let them get to their spots and they dictated what our movements and actions were," said St.X coach Kevin Klein. "We are not going to have as much success when that happens. It was just a tough, tough night on both ends."

 

Varga led St. X with 12 points while Mekhi Smith added 11. According to the Tigers statistics the Colonels won the rebounding battle 26-11.

 

"You've got to beat these teams to be the best," said Varga. "It's sometimes hard to deal with. If you want to go far in the state you have to deal with it."

 

CovCath host Male Saturday.

 
 

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