Winning streak over for Huskies

By Rick Weaver

For The Mirror

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop Carroll’s five-game winning streak came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night in a 78-60 loss to Johnstown in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference basketball at “Doc” Stofko Gymnasium.

The Huskies (7-3, 5-2 LHAC) led 7-4 before the unbeaten Trojans reeled off a 16-4 run and assumed control the rest of the way. Johnstown forced a total of 17 turnovers, including 10 in the first half.

“They’re very athletic, and Ryan does a great job with them,” Bishop Carroll coach Cosie Aliquo said of Trojans’ coach Ryan Burham.

Johnstown remained the only unbeaten team in the conference. Bishop Carroll, Bishop Guilfoyle and Bishop McCort entered the night with one conference loss apiece.

Burham said Bishop Carroll was winning the loose balls in the early going.

“Once we started playing harder we were able to grab some of those 50-50 balls,” he said. “We were able to finish off some defensive possessions and get out into transition, which led to easy baskets that started the momentum and the run.”

Johnstown (9-0, 7-0 LHAC) made good on 22-of-33 from the field in the first half, which ended with the Trojans leading, 50-20. Bishop Carroll made do in the second half without Carson Ertter. He sat out the last 24 minutes on the bench with an ice pack over his left shoulder.

“We don’t know. We have no clue what it is,” Aliquo said. “He’s got to go get it checked.”

Aliquo was pleased with his team’s effort, seeing that the Huskies prevented the game from turning into a total rout.

“(We learned) the good things,” he said. “Our effort in the second half was much better. So that’s something that we looked at. And it looks like now we need a bigger bench. And now we have it.”

Johnstown’s Dewayne Jones led all scorers with 21 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Anderson Franklin (20 points) and Gershon Simon (10).

How good can this team be?

“We have all the potential in the world,” Burham said. “I think we have all the pieces needed. I think it comes to coming into work every day focused, taking one game at a time, one day at a time and trying to get better.”

Tristan McDannell led the Huskies with 20 points. Scotty Semelsberger followed with 11 points, and Nolan Burk chipped in 10. Burk also blocked three shots and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

Johnstown outrebounded Bishop Carroll, 35-17, and came up with 10 steals. The Trojans led by as many as 31 points.

“When you’re down 30, it’s hard to come back against a pretty athletic team like that,” Aliquo said.

BISHOP CARROLL (60): Ertter 1 0-0 2, McDannell 8 4-4 20, Semelsberger 4 0-0 11, Burk 4 2-4 10, Karlheim 0 0-0 0, Gottshall 0 0-0 0, Bobroski 2 1-2 7, Kilraine 1 0-0 2, Dumm 2 2-2 8, Amigh 0 0-0 0, Golden 0 0-0 0. Totals – 22 10-12 60.

JOHNSTOWN (78): Franklin 9 2-3 20, Jones 10 1-2 21, Gaus 3 1-2 7, Simon 4 0-0 10, Chapman 1 1-2 3, Taylor 2 2-4 6, Britt 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Harris 0 0-0 0, Nattile 4 0-0 10, Malcolm-Britt 0 1-3 1, Theman 0 0-0 0. Totals 33 8-16 78.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Bishop Carroll 11 9 14 26–60

Johnstown 20 30 10 18–78

3-point field goals: Bishop Carroll 7 (Semelsberger 3, Bobroski 2, Dumm 2). Johnstown 4 (Simon 2, Nattile 2).

Officials: Brad Eckroth, Dan Amrhein, Jason Moschgat.

JV score: Johnstown, 45-38.

Records: Bishop Carroll (7-3, 5-2 LHAC), Johnstown (9-0, 7-0 LHAC).

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