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Posted June 16, 2005
Rehm Club Champions
By Kevin Devlin

     On Wednesday evening, June 8, the Rehm Club soundly defeated the Burton Club, 73-58, to win the 2005 Saint Brigid Men's Basketball title.

      With Burton Club veteran star guard Brian Fromm out due to injury, and with Matt Walsh playing hurt (knee), Coach Matt Burton's squad was out of sync and a little flat, but it seemingly really didn't matter on this night. They just couldn't stop the awesome one-two punch of Mark Doran and Jimmy Mulrey, or the hustle of Steve O'Connell, Pat Houlihan, Joey Nolan, and Coach Steve Rehm.

     The Rehm Club played as a team, played with hustle and determination. They made every shot count, scrambled for every rebound as if it were their last one, making every defensive effort a must. The Rehm Club played a superb game indeed, turning in a tremendous performance on the night that counted. They certainly were on a mission to succeed, on a mission to win, on a mission to go home as champions. And, the mission was successfully and happily accomplished.

     In the first half, both teams came out running and gunning, and with 3:45 remaining before the break, the Rehm Club held onto a 21-18 lead. The Rehm Club then went on a 17-9 run to take a commanding 38-27 lead at intermission. The Burton Club never really recovered from this sudden blitz by Rehm's boys and throughout the second half just couldn't cut into the deficit. That late first-half run set the tone for the remainder of the game, as the Rehm Club continued to pound the boards, and hit the crucial shots when it counted.

     Rehm Club Center Mark Doran netted 26 points, including 3 treys, while Jimmy "My Man" Mulrey scored 25 points, knocking down 5 treys. Both players turned in superlative performances in the two playoff games as well as throughout the regular season. Joey Nolan (eight points) and Pat Houlihan (seven points) hit two treys apiece, while Steve "Mr. Hustle" Rehm had five points.

     For the Burton Club, Brendan "The Ice Man" Carter continued to excel on the court as he netted 21 points. Big, bad (but nice guy) Matt Burton scored 15 points and Matt "Sticka" Walsh finished with 12 points. The Bothwell boys, Danny and Scot, had four points each.

     After finishing with a 1-13 record during the 2004 regular season, Coach Rehm's boys got whipped in the opening round of the playoffs. But oh what a difference a year makes. The Rehm Club returned to the hardwood floor at the Saint Brigid gym and finished the 2005 season with a 13-4 record. Tied with the Burton Club (13-4) with identical records, the Rehm Club went 1-1 against them, but lost the regular season title on a tiebreaker (the point spread).

      They went on to defeat the Anderson Club in the second round of the playoffs, and then made the turnaround complete, with their hard-fought and dramatic victory in the championship tilt against Burton's boys.

     "From worst to first," Rehm stated emphatically and enthusiastically. "We told you from the beginning of this season that we were going to win it all, and we did."
And, as it turned out, he was absolutely right.

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Burton Club Finalists
The Finalists, the Burton Club:  Matt Walsh, Brendan Carter, Matt Burton, Richie Burton, Danny Bothwell and Scot Bothwell (missing from picture: Brian Fromm)