T-D HS Basketball

Unbeaten Carroll boys to battle rival

In 24 games this season, only one team has come close to handing Bishop Carroll a defeat.
That same team gets a third try tonight when second-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle takes on top-seed Bishop Carroll in the District 6 Class A boys championship game at St. Francis University.
The Marauders (19-5) took Bishop Carroll to overtime in Ebensburg on Jan. 17 before falling 53-45.
The Huskies also claimed the return bout in Altoona, taking a 64-61 win on Feb. 10.
A third meeting with Bishop Guilfoyle this season may be the least charming prospect for the unbeaten LHAC champions.
In their 22 other victories, the Huskies have beaten their opponents by an average of 37.3 points per game. Bishop Guilfoyle is the only team to stay within 10 points of the Huskies all season and the only team to top 60 points against Bishop Carroll, which allows just 36.3 points per game.
For perspective on how dominating the Huskies have been, Brandon Martinazzi (20.1 points per game) and Marcus Lee (17.2) average a combined scoring total higher than Bishop Carroll allows.
That is thanks to a defense that registers 16.4 steals per game and a team that grabs 28.1 rebounds per game.
To beat the Huskies, teams will have to endure a punishing press and feverish half-court defense.
Bishop Guilfoyle topped Bishop Carroll 42-39 in last year’s 6-A title game.
Two years ago, Northern Cambria handed the Huskies a 57-56 loss in the 6-A championship, a year after an upstart Bishop Carroll squad bested the Colts.
The Huskies waxed Saltsburg 70-28 in their quarterfinal-round game before dispatching Juniata Valley 64-31 in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Bishop Guilfoyle eliminated Williamsburg (59-51) in the 6-A quarterfinals and topped Homer-Center 58-53 in the semifinals to get to this point.