Oftentimes, when two teams that are evenly matched in talent and style face one another, the team that remains most disciplined wins out. That was no different at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Friday night as top-ranked CovCath outlasted third-ranked Holmes, 54-42, in an intense and physical affair.
CovCath guard Cole VonHandorf led the game with 16 points, many of which came in crunch time. Holmes was led by senior center Rod Avery who had 15 points but was strapped with foul trouble for long stretches of the game.
Both teams came out with perhaps too much energy as each turned the ball over trying to push the pace.
Early on Rod Avery looked like he was poised for a big game for Holmes as he quickly racked up six points in the first quarter, but then he found himself in foul trouble and had to sit the remainder of the half on the bench with two fouls. It seemed like a good time for CovCath and their center Bo Schuh to take advantage of Avery's absence but then he too picked up his second foul and had to come out for the rest of the second quarter as well.
With the two opposing big men on the bench, the focus fell to the team's scoring guards James Bolden for Holmes and Cole VonHandorf for Covington Catholic. Each had dry stretches of scoring and did not shoot particularly well throughout the second quarter and the teams were forced to look elsewhere for points.