BG gets some revenge on BC
EBENSBURG — This season, the Bishop Guilfoyle boys basketball team is 7-1 at its home court, with the lone loss coming to the hands of Bishop Carroll last Monday by a score of 56-54.
The Marauders haven’t been as dominant on the road with a 5-3 record, but avenged their only home loss of the season at Bishop Carroll Tuesday with a convincing 63-46 victory.
“The game played more to our pace,” said Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning.” There was a lot of walking (last week). We did a better job of working for good shots.”
One of the other factors in last week’s loss was the pressure of Bishop Carroll. The Huskies used a full-court press to slow down Bishop Guilfoyle, which likes to get out and run in transition.
Bishop Carroll opted to use full-court pressure once again Tuesday, but this time the Marauders were ready for it. The vision and passing of point guard Luke Ruggery led for fast-break chances with Bishop Carroll outnumbered at the point of attack, as well as several uncontested 3-pointers made by senior sharpshooter Mike Scharf, who finished with 18 points, tied for a game high.
“We knew they were going to come in pressing, so I was supposed to just stand in the corner,” said Scharf with a smirk, who drained a trio of 3-pointers. “Luke (Ruggery) and A.J. (Labriola) are so good at creating that I just had to be ready to shoot it. I was ready.”
Ruggery and Labriola aren’t just enablers, but they are scorers as well. The duo finished with 16 and 17 points, respectively. In Monday’s game against Central Cambria, Ruggery helped Bishop Guilfoyle mostly by scoring. Tuesday, it was mostly by ball handling through full-court pressure and creating scoring chances for his teammates.
“I wouldn’t trade him for any point guard in the state; that’s how highly I think of him,” Drenning said of Ruggery. “He makes everyone else better. We have a number of guys that can score and he does a good job of facilitating that.”
Meanwhile, Scharf’s big night doesn’t come to a surprise to many. Drenning said that Scharf is one the best shooters on the team when he is able to keep his feet set; which has become a point of emphasis for the senior, who is in his first year at Bishop Guilfoyle after transferring from Altoona.
“I know my role with my team and I just like to execute it,” said Scharf. “I like coming in here and helping with whatever the team needs. I know (Ruggery and Labriola) have been here for so many years. I want to help them, get wins and be part of the team.”
On the other side for Bishop Carroll, cold shooting from Monday’s loss at Forest Hills carried into Tuesday’s action at home, despite 18 points from sophomore Tristan McDannell off the bench. The Huskies made three baskets in the second quarter and only scoring eight points.
The third quarter didn’t get much better for Bishop Carroll, but Bishop Guilfoyle certainly reaped the benefits, carrying a 13-2 run over the span of the first five minutes of the second half. But Bishop Carroll made a little run to close the gap slightly heading into the fourth quarter.
That’s when Ruggery really took over the game, going from architect to scorer. The junior when off for nine points in the final frame to carry the Marauders to consecutive wins on back-to-back nights.
“It’s two really good road wins for us,” said Drenning. “We’re beat up like everyone else is this time of the year. To come out with two wins in places that are tough to play says a lot about our team.”
BISHOP GUILFOYLE (63): Scharf 7 0-1 18, Ruggery 7 1-1 16, Conrad 2 0-0 4, Scaramozzino 1 0-0 2, Labriola 7 3-5 17, Patterson 0 0-0 0, Montecalvo 3 0-0 6. Totals: 27 4-6 63.
BISHOP CARROLL (46): Karlheim 3 0-1 7, Semelsberger 1 2-3 5, H. Rodkey 1 0-0 2, Burk 2 0-0 4, Eceknrode 4 0-0 10, McDannell 8 1-2 18, Ratchford 0 0-0 0, Gottshall 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 3-6 46.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Bishop Guilfoyle 16 14 13 20–63
Bishop Carroll 11 8 12 15–46
3-point goals: Bishop Guilfoyle 4 (Scharf 3, Ruggery); Bishop Carroll 4 (Semelsberger, Eckenrode 2, Karlheim, McDannell).
Records: Bishop Guilfoyle (15-5, 7-2 LHAC 1); Bishop Carroll (13-7, 4-4 LHAC 1).
Officials: Kevin Charney, Nick Roman, Wayne Warfel.
JV: Bishop Guilfoyle 52-18. High scorers–Mike Montecalvo, BG, 12; Jordan Bobroski, BC, 6.