Huskies cruise in opener

EBENSBURG – If it seems like Bishop Carroll boys basketball coach Cosie Aliquo is never satisfied, it’s probably because he rarely is.

Even when his team builds a 31-point lead and earns a blowout win in the state playoffs.

The Huskies were dominant in nearly every facet of Friday night’s PIAA Class A first round game, though, as Bishop Carroll pounded Shanksville-Stonycreek, 58-32, at Central Cambria High School.

“You’ll never hear me tell them they played well,” Aliquo said. “No matter what, we still have a lot of things to work on.”

The District 6 runner-up Huskies (22-5) shot 50 percent from the floor in every quarter and finished 25-of-50 for the game. The only blemish at the foul line was Marcus Lee’s miss in the third quarter.

Maintaining their percentage through a second half that flirted with a rolling clock was remarkable, even for Aliquo.

“It was a pretty good shooting night,” he said. “Yeah, we’ll take it. I told our guys, ‘Even though we’re up 20, we’ve still got to get good shot selection.'”

Lee and Scott Ranck each scored 14 points for Bishop Carroll. Ranck scored 12 in the first half.

“We wanted to make their two big guys guard our two big guys, not down on the post, but away from the post and then attack the basket,” Aliquo said of his leading scorers. “I thought both of them did really well tonight.”

The Huskies had a 33-22 halftime lead, but they really put the pedal down out of the second-half gate.

Shanksville (21-5), the District 5 runner-up, ran a back-door play to open the third quarter, but missed the easy bucket.

Bishop Carroll’s Brandon Martinazzi hit a 3-pointer, and four Vikings turnovers aided an 11-0 Huskies run.

Mitchell Madonna capped the spurt with a steal and layup to give Bishop Carroll a 20-point advantage.

“We came out of the locker room, ran the play, missed the oop, and that just kind of set the tone for the whole start of the third,” Shanksville-Stonycreek coach Bob Snyder said. “We missed a couple of layups. Some of it was us, but give Carroll a lot of credit. They’re a good team.”

Shanksville didn’t score in the third quarter until Jordan Wilt hit a free throw with 2:17 left.

It was also the Vikings’ first trip to the line in the game.

“We wanted to be physical, but we just didn’t make the right choices inside,” Snyder said, whose team was just 14-of-40 (35 percent) from the floor and 1-for-10 in the third quarter.

Bishop Carroll forced Shanksville into 21 turnovers, mostly with its press defense rushing the Vikings’ offense. The Huskies committed just eight turnovers.

“The one thing we wanted to do was pressure them,” Aliquo said.

“That’s too many. Our goal is under 10,” Snyder said. “We didn’t achieve that. We just had bad choices on our passes. Little things – we didn’t come back to the ball.”

Bishop Carroll advances to Tuesday’s second round and will play District 7 champ Vincentian Academy (26-1).

Vincentian roughed up North Clarion, 82-47, on Friday night. Carroll defeated Vincentian, 83-81, at Vincentian in the regular season

But regardless of the Huskies’ next task, which could be a daunting one, Aliquo certainly isn’t lacking confidence with his team.

“In six years [of coaching], I was only into the second round [of states] the first year,” Aliquo said. “I’ve never made it into the quarterfinals. This is the team that will get me there.”

SHANKSVILLE-STONYCREEK (32): Slade 2-9 1-2 5, Jo. Wilt 2-10 1-2 6, Platt 3-6 0-0 6, Glessner 0-3 0-0 0, Fleegle 0-2 0-0 0, Gardner 2-3 0-0 4, Hudak 4-4 0-0 9, Duppstadt 0-1 0-0 0, Bittner 1-2 0-0 2, Ja. Wilt 0-0 0-0 0, Ferko 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-40 2-4 32.

BISHOP CARROLL (58): Madonna 4-5 0-0 8, Maruca 4-5 2-2 10, Lee 6-7 2-3 14, Ranck 6-12 2-2 14, Martinazzi 2-9 0-0 6, Suckinos 2-6 0-0 4, Swatsworth 1-3 0-0 2, Woo 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas 0-2 0-0 0, Semelsberger 0-0 0-0 0, Shuty 0-0 0-0 0, Burk 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-50 6-7 58.


Shanksville-Stonycreek10 12 3 7 – 32

Bishop Carroll16 17 15 10 – 58

3-point goals: Shanksville-Stonycreek 2-7 (Jo. Wilt, Hudak), Bishop Carroll 2-4 (Martinazzi 2).

Records: Shanksville-Stonycreek (21-5), Bishop Carroll (22-5).