Bishop Carroll stays hot in win against Heights

EBENSBURG – What had the trappings of a Laurel Highlands Conference dogfight turned into a blitzkrieg.

Bishop Carroll seized control by scoring the game’s first four baskets and maintained the momentum throughout as it rolled to a 66-43 victory over Cambria Heights in a Section I basketball game Thursday night at Bishop Carroll High School. The loss brought an end to the Highlanders’ five-game winning streak.

Led by Marcus Lee, the Huskies built early momentum by using their speed, quickness and smart overplaying to force 20 turnovers.

“We wanted to make sure we extended the floor the full 84 feet,” Bishop Carroll coach Cosie Aliqio said. “We didn’t want [Cambria Heights] to just be able to walk it up. And at the begining we got some turnovers and it carried over. We got some easy buckets. We made them work to bring the ball up.”

Lee could hardly miss on this night. The 6-foot-5 senior led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting, He also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds. Scott Ranck contributed 11 points and six boards. Nik Suckinos came off the bench to add 10 points.

The Huskies were 31 for 52 (70 percent) from the floor. They also outrebounded Cambria Heights for the night, 25-19.

Aliquo agreed this was one of his team’s better efforts this season to date.

“I would think so because [the Highlanders] are well-coached; they’ve got some big guys who can dominate the game,” he said. “Luckily, they didn’t get hot.”

Cambria Heights managed 14 of 36 (39 percent) from the field.

“We didn’t hit shots tonight and they did,” Highlanders coach Eric Nagle said.

Nagle admitted his team came out rather slow.

“Too many turnovers; that’s definitely [the story],” Nagle said. “We talked the last two days about eliminating turnovers and making the extra pass, and we didn’t do it tonight.”

Bishop Carroll kept up its momemtum in the second half, hitting 16-of-25 from the floor. Aliquo, meanwhile, took the opportunity to give his subsititutes ample chances to contribute.

“We were trying to get everybody involved,” he said. “Every offensive play we wanted everybody to touch it.”

Isaac Vescovi led Cambria Heights with 13 points and nine rebounds. Nathan Bearer contributed 11 points.

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS (43): Milanesi 2 0-0 4, Bearer 4 1-2 11, Brawley 0 0-0 0, Hoppel 1 5-6 7, Vescovi 4 3-4 13, Strasser 2 0-0 6, Serafin 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 9-12 43.

BISHOP CARROLL (66): Maruca 2 0-0 4, Lee 10 2-2 22, Ranck 5 0-2 11, Martinazzi 3 0-0 7,.Madonna 2 0-0 4, Suckinos 5 0-0 10, Lucas 1 0-0 2, Semelsberger 1 0-0 2, Repko 1 0-0 2, Burk 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 2-4 66.


Cambria Heights5 10 11 17 – 43

Bishop Carroll14 17 17 18 – 66

3-point field goals: Cambria Heights 6 (Vescovi, Bearer 2, Stasser 2), Bishop Carroll 2 (Ranck, Martinazzi).

Team records: Cambria Heights 7-4 (2-1 section), Bishop Carroll 8-2 (3-0 section).

JV: Bishop Carroll, 48-40.

Officials: Marc Myers, Corey Theys, Anthony Brezovec.