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Bishop Carroll coach Cosie Aliquo instructs his team in this Feb. 20 file photo. The unbeaten Huskies face Monessen in a PIAA boys Class A second-round game tonight.

Bishop Carroll boys prepped to battle Monessen

The Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team will take its undefeated record into the second round of the PIAA Class A tournament tonight in Monroeville.
The District 6 champion and state third-ranked Huskies (26-0) will face WPIAL runner-up Monessen (21-6) at 7:30 p.m. at Gateway High School.
Monessen defeated District 10 runner-up Erie First Christian 87-78 during last Friday’s first round. The Greyhounds had lost 85-41 to state power Lincoln Park in the WPIAL title game. Monessen upset a highly-regarded Vincentian squad 110-99 in the District 7 semifinals.
Bishop Carroll won convincingly, 81-42, over District 9 fourth-place Clarion-Limestone in the opening round of the tournament.
Brandon Martinazzi led the Huskies with 27 points, and Marcus Lee was a presence inside with 16 rebounds and nine points.
Seven other players tallied at least two points in the playoff game.
Overall, Martinazzi, a junior, averages just shy of 20 points a game for the Huskies. Lee, a 6-foot-6 senior, scores 16.7 points and grabs 7.5 rebounds a night.
Junior Scott Lucas averages 8.2 points a contest.
Last season the Huskies advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals before losing a dramatic 86-84 game against heavily favored Lincoln Park.
In that game Bishop Carroll fought back from a 14-point halftime deficit before falling to the Leopards.
Monessen had a double overtime scare in this year’s opening round against Erie First Christian Academy.
The Greyhounds trailed 49-44 with 5:44 to play in regulation.
Clintell Gillaspie, the team’s leading scorer, tallied 13 fourth-quarter points and eight more in overtime to finish with 31 points to lead a Monessen charge. Javon Brown had 18 points, and Justice Rawlins had 13.
Gillaspie had 30 points in the WPIAL semifinal win over Vincentian.
Gillaspie averages about 18 points a game, with Brown averaging 14 points, and Rawlins, eight. Tyler Yuille is a 6-2 starter, the tallest player on the team.
Junior Noah Rullo is the only underclassman starter.
The Greyhounds are deep and typically play as many as nine players. Justin Rice and Jaden Altomore combined for 41 points off the bench in the WPIAL semifinal win over Vincentian.
Lavalle Rush, a 6-0 sophomore, also comes off the bench.
The winner of tonight’s game will advance to face the winner of the second-round game between District 7 third-place  Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (16-10) and District 10 third-place Eisenhower (15-9).
The Class A boys’ quarterfinal games will be held on Friday night at sites and times to be determined.