Carroll edges Tigers

EBENSBURG – The 20-1 Huskies of Bishop Carroll Catholic high school welcomed the Golden Tigers of Hollidaysburg Friday night in what was a thriller of a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

The very first score of the game came on an alley-oop two-handed slam dunk from Jesse Ottaway, which set the pace for the Golden Tigers as they led the first quarter, 18-12.

Bishop Carroll answered however, as it went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 18-all early in the second quarter. Less than a minute later, Carroll scored again to take the lead.

From that point on, both teams went back and forth trading blows for the rest of the game until Bishop Carroll pulled out a 64-63 win.

“What do you expect? It’s Hollidaysburg,” Bishop Carroll coach Cosie Aliquo said. “They’re well coached, the kids are so strong, they’re fundamentally sound, we wouldn’t expect anything else and my guys didn’t back down either.”

At halftime, Bishop Carroll led the game, 28-26.

Senior guard Brandon Martinazzi had been having a good game, recording 10 points in the first half, but in the third quarter, Martinazzi hit another level scoring 12 of Carroll’s 16 total points scored in the quarter. Carroll led 44-38 going into the fourth.

“I think we had a lot of emotions going in knowing this was our last game at home for the seniors and we just wanted to go out on a good note,” said Martinazzi, who ended up with a game-high 31 total points on the night.

Raymond Watt opened the fourth quarter draining a 3-pointer, but Hollidaysburg continued to press on as it fought its way back.

The Golden Tigers took a timeout with 3:29 remaining in the game and the score knotted at 53 all.

“I told our guys that they (Bishop Carroll) were going to hit big shots, and we needed to hit big shots as well,” said Hollidaysburg coach Brad Lear, when asked what his message to his team was during the timeout. “We always talk about players in big games wanting the ball in their hands in the big moment and I don’t think any of our guys shied away from that tonight.”

With 1:40 remaining, Nick Consiglio drained a jumper that gave the Golden Tigers their first lead of the second half, but it was short lived however, as Brandon Martinazzi took the inbound, drove down the court, and drained a jumper of his own to put the Huskies back ahead 59-58 with just more than a minute remaining.

Holidaysburg took the lead again 60-59 on a layup, but with less than a minute to play the Huskies’ Nik Suckinos drained a long jump shot to put Carroll back ahead 61-60.

With no timeouts remaining for Hollidaysburg and less than 30 seconds to play, the Golden Tigers inbounded the ball to Max Sheetz who found his spot and drained a huge 3-pointer to put Hollidaysburg ahead, 63-61.

Back down the court, the Huskies waited for the best opportunity to score as the entire Hollidaysburg bench shouted not to allow a 3-pointer.

Hollidaysburg’s efforts to deny the 3 proved futile as Watt ended the quarter just as he began it, draining a 3-pointer from the corner; only this time, Watt’s 3 ended up being what won the game for the Huskies.

Hollidaysburg tried a last-gasp shot as time expired but it never reached the rim as David Swatsworth got a hand on it to secure the victory for Bishop Carroll.

“We come in expecting to win every night, and tonight was no different,” Hollidaysburg coach Brad Lear said. “We were pleased with our effort, but we can’t take anything away from their (Bishop Carroll) effort tonight. They played great.”

Consiglio led the scoring for the Golden Tigers with 13, while fellow teammate Sheetz put up 13 and Ottaway had 12.

Martinazzi had a game high 31 points, but the overall team effort was on full display tonight as everyone played a large role in the game.

“I love these guys. They’re all hard workers and coach told us in the huddle when we take that last shot to make sure we had confidence,” Martinazzi said. “I trust anybody on that team to take that shot and if it’s a good look, it’s going in.”

Scott Lucas put up 10 points in the win for the Huskies while Watt had eight and Swatsworth added seven.

“All the guys that were in the game tonight added their own big piece to the puzzle,” Aliquo said. “Dane Woo brought the intensity and gave us a spark, David Swatsworth wasn’t feeling good but came up with some big points and that block at the end, and you can’t ask for those big shots from Lucas and Watt at the end. We’re a team that just doesn’t quit.”

When asked about the play of Martinazzi, coach Aliquo replied with a smile, “I wish he had another year left.”

Bishop Carroll is set to take on Somerset tonight in the LHAC conference championship game at Richland at 8 p.m.

BISHOP CARROLL (64): Martinazzi 13 2-2 31, Watt 3 0-0 8, Lucas 5 0-0 10, Suckinos 2 0-0 4, Weinzierl 0 0-0 0, Swatsworth 3 1-4 7, Woo 2 0-0 4, B. Ratchford 0 0-0 0, Eckenrode 0 0-0 0, Wyland 0 0-0 0, Persio 0 0-0 0, Amigh 0 0-0 0, A. Ratchford 0 0-0 0, Mu 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 3-6 64.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (63): Sheetz 4 3-4 13, Finochio 0 0-0 0, Adams 2 4-4 9, Consiglio 7 0-2 15, Holsopple 3 1-2 7, Snyder 3 0-0 7, Ottaway 6 0-0 12, Simpson 0 0-0 0, Gates 0 0-0 0, Holipsky 0 0-0 0, Gildea, Viduya 0 0-0 0, Mason 0 0-0 0, Storm 0 0-0 0. Totlas 25 8-12 63.

SCORE BY QURTERS

Bishop Carroll12 16 16 20 64

Hollidaysburg18 8 12 25 63

3-point goals: Bishop Carroll 5 (Martinazzi 3, Watt 2); Hollidaysburg 5 (Sheetz 2, Adams, Consiglio, Snyder).

Records: Bishop Carroll (21-1); Hollidaysburg (15-7).

Referees: John Makich, Jim Kirschan, Herb Moore.

JV: Hollidaysburg won 81-51. High scorers- Austin Finochio & J. Collins, H, 19; Jimmy Wyland, BC, 16.