Just moments after his team wrapped up its first-ever Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic title, Bishop Brossart coach Mike Code shared a brief conversation that certainly reflected the emotions of many of those celebrating at McBrayer Arena.

“After the game, (assistant coach Bob Rowe) said it kind of feels like there is a gorilla off our back. I told him it was more than King Kong,” Code said. “We’ve made some good runs here, but to step up and get it done, especially with the adversity we’ve faced, it’s been fun.”

The Mustangs earned that first title and erased some of the memories of past disappointments by defeating Bardstown, 56-48, Sunday in the title game. Bryan Niemeyer had a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds and Jimmy Uebel, the tournament’s most valuable player, added 14 points as Bishop Brossart knocked off the defending champions.

“It means a lot, especially when you look up in the stands and see all the ex-Brossart players who were here,” Code said. “The fact that were able to win the championship felt great because it means as much to them as it does to these guys.”

The Mustangs were making their fifth straight All “A” Classic appearance, but were still looking for a signature win in the tournament. They lost in the 2004 finals to Hazard and were eliminated by Bardstown in last year’s semifinals.

Playing without injured forward Nathan Mutsch, Bishop Brossart escaped with a hard-fought win over Gallatin County in the quarterfinals, then eliminated seven-time champion University Heights Academy on Saturday, setting up a rematch with the Tigers.

Bardstown rallied from a double-digit deficit against the Mustangs in last year’s semifinal and went on to win the title in the school’s first-ever appearance in the tournament.

“It was the same halftime margin we were up last year, and we talked about that in the locker room,” Code said. “We just told them that we were up seven and lost it last year. We are up seven this year, let’s make sure we keep it.”

The Mustangs held on to the lead the entire second half, despite several late charges by Bardstown. The Tigers trailed by 11 points with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter, but got back to within four points twice in the closing minutes.

“We were right there with them, but we never got that one big play we needed,” Bardstown coach Gary Goode said. “You have to credit them for that.”

After Demarco Phillips hit one-of-two free throws to cut the deficit to 50-46, Bishop Brossart scored six of the final eight points of the game, including a pair of baskets by Uebel.

Troy Cooper added 10 points for the Mustangs and Josh Kidney finished with nine points — and both were named to the all-tournament team. Wenquel Graves had 24 points and seven rebounds and Justin Rogers, Jordan Hickman and Phillips each had six points for Bardstown, which shot just 39 percent, including two-of-13 from three-point range.

Phillips, Rogers and Graves were also all-tournament selections, along with guard Corey Hall.

“When you get behind a team like that which is so sure with the ball and can take off a minute and a half or two minutes on a possession, it’s tough,” Goode said. “They are a tough team.”

Other all-tournament selections included: Tyshwan Edmondson of University Heights, Justin Vitatoe of Clinton County, Justin Hicks and Michael Campbell of Hazard, Nate Edmondson of Gallatin County and J.D. Vanhoose of Paintsville.

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