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March 8, 2014

Bishop Carroll boys continue in playoffs

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Carroll trailed just once on Friday in its PIAA Class A first-round contest against Clarion-Limestone at Richland High School.

After that early 3-0 deficit, the Huskies never looked back rolling to a dominating 81-42 victory over the Lions. Bishop Carroll, still unbeaten at 26-0 and ranked third in the state, will play Monessen, an 87-78 winner over Erie First Christian, on Tuesday in second-round action at a time and place to be determined.

“Coach said we baked the cake this year and we want to put icing on it,” said Bishop Carroll’s Scott Lucas, who finished with 17 points. “We want to see how far we can go this year.

“We wanted to slow down their fast break and limit them and force them to shoot outside shots and not let them settle down and set up their offense.”

Brandon Martinazzi led all scorers with 27 points, including 13 in the first quarter. Marcus Lee supplied nine points and 16 rebounds for the Huskies, who had seven other players that had at least two points in the big win.

“If I get some open looks, I’m going to be aggressive and shots were going in so I just kept trying to attack,” Martinazzi said. “The more I attacked, the more it opened it up for other guys. They were in a box and one and other kids made shots so I got open again.”

R.J. Laugand, who finished with a team-high 15 points and was the only Lion to score in double figures, fired up a 3-pointer to open the game and Martinazzi countered with a trey for Carroll, which then went ahead 5-3 on a Martinazzi basket and finished the first quarter with an imposing 22-10 lead.

“They hit that 3 right off the bat and I thought we played pretty well after that,” Bishop Carroll coach Cosie Aliquo said. “We took them out of their comfort zone. They didn’t set many plays up and they turned the ball over and that was to our benefit.”

In the second quarter, the Bishop Carroll offense outscored the Lions 27-8 as the Huskies defense limited Clarion-Limestone to no field goals and was 8 of 8 from the free-throw line for its only points.

Martinazzi had 18 points at the half, the same number as Clarion-Limestone had.

“When they pack it in on Marcus, somebody is open and if we penetrate then Brandon is open and we know he is going to shoot it,” Aliquo said. “That’s just the confidence I have in those guys.”

The District 6 champion Huskies continued to pull away in the third quarter with a 19-9 scoring edge. Lee’s basket with 2:12 to go in the frame put the Huskies ahead 64-23 and set the running clock into motion for the rest of the game.

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