The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

March 15, 2014

Bishop Carroll wins in overtime

Monroeville — Trailing by two points with time winding down, Bishop Carroll’s Brandon Martinazzi fired up a shot that went in at the buzzer forcing overtime against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in PIAA Class A boys’ quarterfinal basketball action Friday night at Gateway High School.

In the extra frame, the Huskies survived a 10 of 18 performance from the free-throw line and moved on to the semifinals with a 63-59 victory. Bishop Carroll (28-0) plays Lincoln Park, a 99-64 winner over Vincentian Academy Friday, on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

“We just don’t give up,” Bishop Carroll coach Cosie Aliquo said. “This group just stays together.

“We practice free-throw shooting, but we’ll go back to work on it.”

Martinazzi finished with a game-high 22 points and added 11 rebounds. Marcus Lee contributed 11 points and six boards before fouling out with 24.3 second left in the fourth.

Mitchell Madonna added 11 points, all in the second half and the overtime with David Maruca chipping in eight and Nik Suckinos off the bench for seven.

“In the second half, the lanes opened up a lot and I was able to get to the bucket and luckily I made a few,” Madonna said. “There was a lot of pressure, but we have three seniors that we start so we’re used to the pressure although we need to practice our foul shots a little more.”

Celebrations erupted from the Huskies fans when Martinazzi’s shot went in because many thought it was a 3-pointer.

But the officials called it a two, and the overtime began.

“Scott (Lucas) swung me the ball and I shot it and it went in and I really didn’t know where I was on the floor,” Martinazzi said about the basket at the end of regulation.

“Scottie had a pretty good look and he said he didn’t think it was a three. When they put the three on the scoreboard I thought we had won. It was pretty upsetting to be going to overtime, but we are moving on.”

The final play of regulation was nothing like the one that was drawn up.

“I was supposed to run a ball screen and they doubled and we started to swing the ball and yelled for Scott to throw me the ball and he did and I was able to get the shot in,” Martinazzi said. “It was awesome.”

The Huskies never trailed in the extra frame and led by as many as seven, before missed free throws kept it interesting. Dominic Robb’s 3-pointer with 45.1 seconds left pulled the Trojans to within three, 60-57.

North Catholic got to within two, 61-59, on two free throws by John Savulchuk, who finished with a team-high 21 points.

Scott Lucas and Madonna each got one of two free throws to set the final and seal the Bishop Carroll victory.

North Catholic led 10-9 after the first quarter and was up 20-15 at the half.

The Huskies looked as though they had control of the game in the third, outscoring the Trojans 21-10 for a 36-30 lead.

Martinazzi had a pair of free throws on a technical foul on the North Catholic bench to open the fourth quarter, giving the Huskies their biggest lead.

But the Trojans weren’t done, inching their way back to even, 44-all, with 3:03 in the fourth.

Savulchuk had a pair of free throws and Timon Gribben had one to put North Catholic ahead by three with 2:23 left.

Carroll never tied or had the lead the rest of the fourth until pulling even on Martinazzi’s buzzer beater to extend the game.

Robb and Ryan Kirby finished with 12 points each for the Trojans (17-11).

North Catholic coach Dave Long exited the building after the game and was unavailable for comment.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
  • coleman2 McCort pitcher wins May Award

    Bishop McCort High School’s Brad Coleman earned the May Point Stadium Award nomination based on his performance in a District 6 Class A playoff victory on May 22.
    Coleman pitched a seven-inning, complete game in a 7-2 win over Homer-Center in the 6-A semifinal round. With the win, McCort clinched its fourth consecutive state tournament playoff berth.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • maddison 4 Richland pole vaulter decides on Red Flash

    Maddison Feather has sailed to great heights throughout her scholastic career at Richland High School.
    Feather – a pole vaulter – takes away a District 6 title and an appearance in the PIAA championship meet from her senior season with the Rams.

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • mccort27 Area players get PHSBCA nods

    Brad Coleman and Alex Sobecky were part of an amazing four-year run by the Bishop McCort High School baseball team.
    Jack Shirk is an underclassman who stood out on a Richland squad that also has been one of the best in the LHAC in recent seasons.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • lantzy22 color Cory Isenberg | Big numbers posted all around in Lantzy game

    The South’s 48-18 victory over the North in Friday night’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game was an entertaining evening of football for the reported crowd of close to 4,500 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
    The point total for the Rebels equaled the output of the South squad in the 30th edition of the game but is behind the 51 scored by the Yankees in the 1992 contest and the 50 points tallied by the South in the 39th game.

    June 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • lantzy Local stars shine in Ken Lantzy Finest 40 game

    While the Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game brings football standouts from across the region to Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium, Friday night’s contest took on a distinct Richland flavor as the South toppled the North 48-18 in the 44th edition of the summer football contest.

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • jerry Former coach honored for long service

    The venerable Jerry Page, former coach of Laurel Valley, always preached that football was so much more than just a game.
    Page, whose son Greg of Homer-Center was the North squad coach Friday at the 44th Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game, was honored prior to the start of the game.

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • north20 North offense shows big gains during Lantzy practices

    As the North offense prepared for tonight’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Trojan Stadium on the campus of Greater Johnstown High School, tightening up issues with timing and terminology was at the top of the unit’s to-do list.
    If the North’s offense takes the field and operates with machine-like precision tonight, it can thank the intersquad scrimmage on Tuesday as the breakthrough point of the group’s progress during the week.

    June 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • soff Three quality quarterbacks bolster South’s chances in Lantzy Game

    The South squad has an impressive arsenal of offensive talent on hand for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game, set for 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.
    The Rebels have three skilled quarterbacks on the roster who have combined for nearly 5,000 yards passing and another 2,000 yards on the ground.

    June 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • South D.JPG South changes defense after last year’s loss

    After being thrashed 41-7 last year by the North, the South is hoping to rise again as it prepares for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game set for 7 p.m. at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
    On defense, those plans will evolve around the change in defensive schemes that has been instituted with teams now required to run a 4-3.

    June 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • lantzy north17.JPG North defense happy to get back to contact as Lantzy game approaches

    It’s been a while since organized live contact on the football field has been a concern for anyone suiting up to play in Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
    Talking to members of the North defensive unit, that long wait came with a satisfying end on Monday when teams went into contact drills in the week-long preparations for the 44th edition of the region’s football showcase.

    June 17, 2014 2 Photos

Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads