|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Newport Central Catholic senior Drew McDonald goes in for a score in a recent game. The 6-foot-7-inch post had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thoroughbreds to their seventh straight district championship on Friday.|
NEWPORT – No one was expected to deny the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbred boys basketball team its seventh straight district championship.
But NewCath (28-3 overall) still had to go out and prove it in the 36th District title game Friday against the host Newport Wildcats (14-16). The Thoroughbreds did not disappoint in a 56-23 thrashing.
Thoroughbred senior 6-foot-7-inch post Drew McDonald again had a big game. He recorded his second double-double of the tournament with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Defensively, the Thoroughbreds knew they had to contain Newport junior Ethan Snapp. Snapp made just 2-of-18 shots for six points.
The 9th Region Tournament starts Wednesday. NewCath is hoping to bring home its first title since 2000. The biggest challengers look to be Covington Holmes and Covington Catholic from the 35th District.