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PIAA hoops preview capsule

March 15, 2013
The Altoona Mirror




Bishop Carroll Catholic (6-2)

vs. Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter (7-4)

Teams: Bishop Carroll Huskies (23-5); Lincoln Park Leopards (21-6)

Site, time: Hempfield Area High School, Greensburg, 7 p.m.

The coaches: Lincoln Park - Mark Javens (82-29 in five years at Lincoln Park, 170-76 in 10 years overall). Bishop Carroll - Cosie Aliquo (92-68 in six years).

Playoff path: Lincoln Park - defeated Mapletown, 95-37, in the District 7 second round; defeated Wilkinsburg, 99-58, in the District 7 quarterfinals; lost to Clairton, 71-70, in the District 7 semifinals; defeated Kennedy Catholic, 54-45, in the PIAA first round; defeated Ridgway, 51-34, in the PIAA second round. Bishop Carroll - defeated Glendale, 78-42, in the District 6 quarterfinals; defeated Juniata Valley, 62-21, in the District 6 semifinals; lost to Bishop Guilfoyle, 42-39, in the District 6 championship; defeated Shanksville-Stonycreek, 58-32, in the PIAA first round; defeated Vincentian, 92-85, in the PIAA second round.

Starting lineups: Lincoln Park - G Antonio Kellem (0, 5-11 so., 11.5), G John Tomassetti (1, 5-11 sr., 5.0), G Maverick Rowan (24, 6-5 fr., 23.5), G-F Ryan Skovranko (2, 6-4 jr., 10.5), C Elijah Minnie (5, 6-9 jr., 19.5). Bishop Carroll - G David Maruca (4, 5-10 jr., 5.0) G Mitchell Madonna (24, 5-9 jr., 3.5), G Brandon Martinazzi (23, 5-10 so., 17.4), F Scott Ranck (22, 6-2 sr., 14.5), F Marcus Lee (12, 6-5 jr., 12.7).

Key reserves: Lincoln Park - F Jaylin Cottrill (32, 6-5 sr., 5.9). Bishop Carroll - F Nik Suckinos (15, 6-0 so., 5.0), G Scott Lucas (11, 5-10 so., 1.6), F Nick Burk (42, 6-4 jr., 1.2).

Who they get: The winner plays the winner of the game between Smethport (9-4) and Johnsonburg (9-1) on Tuesday at a site to be announced.

Notable: This is the third time in Bishop Carroll history that the Huskies have advanced this far in the state tournament. Carroll is 2-0 in this round of the PIAA playoffs. Lincoln Park is the two-time defending PIAA runner-up after being knocked out in the semifinals in 2010. Lee and Ranck raised their scoring averages by 0.8 and 0.5, respectively, in combining for 60 points in the win against Vincentian. Already attracting Division I college attention, Rowan is the son of former Notre Dame and St. John's player Ron Rowan. Lincoln Park is located in Midland, from where St. Francis and NBA great Norm Van Lier hailed and whose high school won five state titles before shutting down. A Monessen and Summit Academy transfer, Minnie had the verdicts in two eligibility hearings reversed to begin playing for the Leopards in midseason. Javens won a national championship at Community College of Beaver County before taking over at Lincoln Park.

- Philip Cmor

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