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February 21, 2014

Huskies advance in 6-A boys

JOHNSTOWN — A weather-induced two-day layoff slowed down the Bishop Carroll Huskies for about the first five minutes of their 70-28 win over Saltsburg in Thursday’s District 6 Class A boys quarterfinal at Richland.

After a Frank Plowman jumper cut the Bishop Carroll lead to 8-5 late in the first, the Huskies turned the remaining time into a lengthy run, barely letting the Trojans up for air with a press that helped the unbeaten LHAC champions and top dog in 6-A move on with ease on the scoreboard.

But, the Bishop Carroll journey isn’t complete yet, and Cosie Aliquo has bigger expectations for his Huskies nearly every possession.

“We just gotta get better at everything,” Aliquo said. “Just because we’re up 40 points, it doesn’t matter, because that next possession is what I’m looking at. In a close game, we need that next possession. We can’t be sloppy. We’ve got to be good with the ball and good on defense.”

But Aliquo did point out some good from his squad’s big win.

“We didn’t practice for two days,” Aliquo said. “I knew we were going to be a little bit sluggish. I said to our guys ‘to still hold (Saltsburg) to 20-some points is pretty good.’ But we gotta work on some stuff on the offensive end too because they didn’t shoot for two days.”

Carrying a 17-10 lead into the second, Bishop Carroll unleashed a furious assault on both ends of the floor, reeling off 28 points while pressing the Trojans into submission and creating bundles of turnovers.

“Honestly, the goal coming in was to break the press and slow the ball down,” Saltsburg coach Donnie Stitt said. “I think in the first quarter we were actually really going to stall the ball ... Try ... They’re just so quick and athletic, they get in the passing lanes and that really got us out of our game. I knew eventually their press would just wear us down. They’re tough.”

Brandon Martinazzi scored 10 of his 22 points during the second while Marcus Lee notched six in the frame.

The Trojans (11-13) scored five points in the second.

“We came out a little sluggish off the bat and we started generating some steals in the second quarter,” Martinazzi said. “Then we started making some shots. We tried to bust it open. We just started out a little slow in the first quarter and we’ve had some snow days, so we were kind of getting back in the flow of things. Then in the second quarter we took care of business, came out, looked a lot better and then it just carried over in the second half.”

Lee scored 13 points while Scott Lucas, who ignited the Huskies in the first quarter with a pair of early 3-pointers, scored 16 points.

“Scotty’s been big all year,” Aliquo said. “When he hits that, he opens it up for Marcus and Brandon and then they forget about Mitch (Madonna) and David (Maruca). It all works around and that’s why we’re all team.”

The Huskies’ Nik Suckinos scored nine points off the bench, with seven coming in the second half.

The Trojans’ Steve Richards tallied eight points to pace the Indiana County squad.


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