Cold fourth quarter costly for GCC boys
SHARON — Greensburg Central Catholic went scoreless for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter, and it was costly.
Lakeview (23-4) went on a 14-0 run during that span, and the District 10 runner-up advanced to the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals against Beaver Falls with a 49-41 victory against GCC (23-3) on Wednesday at Sharon High School.
The Centurions were leading, 36-34, with 7:10 left when they went cold from the field, missing 12 shots allowing Lakeview to grab a commanding 46-36 lead with 5:08 left.
Then Lakeview slowed it down and forced Greensburg Central Catholic to foul.
“Our game plan was to shutdown Zach (Herman) and Brian (Graytok),” said Lakeview senior guard Dalton Boggs, one of two 1,000-point scorers for the Sailors. “Both were averaging more than 20 points per game, and we had to play good defense, and we did that.
“We put our quickest guard, Zach Van Dusen, on Herman, and Casey Greggs on Graytok. He was able to use his length. They did a pretty good shutting them down for most part.”
Gregg is a 6-foot-6 senior and Van Dusen a 6-foot senior.
Graytok finished with a game-high 18 points, but Herman was held to seven.
The game was tight throughout the first three quarters. Lakeview led, 10-9, after a quarter, and Greensburg Central Catholic grabbed a 22-18 lead at halftime as Graytok scored 10 points in the opening half. The four-point spread was GCC's largest lead of the game.
In the final quarter, Greensburg Central Catholic was 1 for 15 from the floor.
Greensburg Central Catholic coach Dr. Greg Bisignani said the sagging defense by Lakeview was a big reason for the loss.
“They're a senior team, and they play hard and good sagging defense,” coach Greg Bisignani said. “We couldn't get our running game going, and we missed some shots. It's tough to take a two-hour bus ride up to District 10 in front of their officials and fans.
“We had a wonderful year. My hats off to them, and they beat us today.”
Lakeview got a big game from Cody Gander. The 6-foot-2 senior finished with 15 points and took the pressure off Boggs (11 points) and Gregg (14 points).
All six of Lakeview's baskets in the final quarter were layups, while Greensburg Central Catholic was forced to take jumpers.
“We had a hard time getting into the paint,” Bisignani said. “We had to rely on our outside shots. All game we didn't get shots to fall. The fouls went against us, 16-11, and it's tough to overcome that in this type of atmosphere. They have a good offense, and they were patient and waited to get good shots.”
Bisignani said it was still a great season.
“We had the best regular season in school history from a team that lost 11 of 17 players from last year,” Bisignani said. “I couldn't be prouder. We have absolutely great tradition by our seniors.”