Monessen victimized by Bishop Carroll's 22-0 run in 2nd half
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Once the run started, Monessen just couldn't make it stop.
Bishop Carroll scored 22 consecutive second-half points to claim the lead in Tuesday night's 69-65 second-round victory over the Greyhounds in the PIAA Class A playoffs at Gateway.
Monessen could only watch.
“I tried to call timeout to stop it,” Monessen coach Joe Salvino said, “but it kept going.”
Monessen led 53-43 with two minutes left in the third. But the WPIAL runner-up suddenly couldn't make a basket. With 3:30 left in the fourth, Carroll led 65-53 before the Greyhounds could score another point.
“They got the momentum,” Monessen's Javon Brown said. “They saw what they could do and they took over. We started making mistakes and they were able to turn the mistakes into points.”
The 22-0 run lasted more than seven minutes.
“Sometimes that happens when you're just mentally tired,” Monessen coach Joe Salvino said. “You start making mistakes. They got the momentum in the third quarter and we couldn't get it back.”
When you play fast, slowing down isn't always easy — even with a 10-point lead. Quick shots, missed 3-pointers and turnovers ate away at Monessen's double-digit lead. “We forced some shots that we shouldn't have with the lead that we had,” Salvino said. “I told them at halftime, don't settle for 3-point shots and don't shoot the ball right away, simply because we don't need to.”
Junior guard Brandon Martinazzi had 28 points for Bishop Carroll (27-0), and junior Nik Suckinos added 14. This was the most serious challenge this season for the District 6 champion.
“We didn't have too many games like that; we usually had a fair lead,” said Suckinos, who made three of his four 3-pointers in the second half to spark his team's run.
Brown led Monessen with 17 points. Justice Rawlins added 12.
“I'm proud of where we ended up,” Salvino said. “No one expected us to be in the WPIAL championship game. I don't think anyone thought we'd be where we are today. You have to be proud of a bunch of football players who learned to play basketball.”
There were five lead changes and three ties in the first quarter. Tied at 13-13, a layup by Brown helped Monessen grab a lead it then held until the third. Monessen led 20-16 after the first quarter. The lead reached nine points on a 3-pointer by Noah Rullo 36 seconds into the second.
Brown had 14 first-half points and Monessen led 43-37 at halftime.
Monessen led 53-50 after three quarters, when Bishop Carroll finished the third with a 7-0 run. But the lead was dwindling. With six minutes left in the fourth, a driving layup by Martinazzi gave Bishop Carroll its first lead after halftime.
“We were the better team for two quarters,” Salvino said, “but you've got to play 32 minutes of basketball.”
Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Newman thrilled to sign with Division I Cleveland State
- Steel Valley tabs Schifino as new boys basketball coach
- Gateway hires Freedman as boys basketball coach