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PIAA boys basketball roundup: Lincoln Park cruises past Bishop Carroll

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:30 p.m.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Lincoln Park's Elijah Minnie dunks against Bishop Carroll during a PIAA Class A semifinal Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Hempfield. Lincoln Park won 70-28.

Lincoln Park (29-1) booked its trip to the PIAA Class A championship with a convincing 70-28 win over District 6 champion Bishop Carroll on Tuesday at Hempfield.

The Leopards will play District 12 champ Math, Civics & Science (15-14) at 2 p.m. Friday at Giant Center in Hershey.

Sophomore Maverick Rowan scored 32 points, and senior Elijah Minnie added 10.

“This means everything to us,” Minnie said. “Not too many teams get a chance to do this.”

Lincoln Park led 15-0 to start the game before Marcus Lee hit a jump shot with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter to put Bishop Carroll on the board.

The Leopards led 39-13 at halftime and outscored Bishop Carroll, 16-4, in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

“You look back at the season,” coach Mark Javens said, “we're 30 games into it, and to be playing in the final game is a real compliment to this program and the players.”

Susquehanna Township 42, Central Valley 31 — In its previous PIAA playoff games coming into Tuesday night's PIAA semifinal at Altoona, Central Valley had four players averaging double-digit points. Against the Indians, the Warriors had just 14 points through three quarters on their way to a low-scoring loss.

CV coach Brandon Ambrose acknowledged that Susquehanna presented matchup problems. The slowdown tactics worked as the score was tied 5-5 after the first quarter, and Susquehanna led 11-10 at halftime.

“(The first half) sort of went the way we hoped it would go,” Ambrose said. “They're so talented and so athletic, we thought it would be a tough matchup for us to play them in a ‘regular' game.”

As much as CV tried to hold on to the reins, it couldn't contain Division I prospects Nehemiah Mack and Joseph Marshall. The pair scored six quick points to open the second half, and Gabriel Mack followed with a 3-pointer to stretch the lead to 20-10 just three minutes into the second half.

The CV offense ran through senior guard Jacob St. George, as he was the only Warrior to hit a field goal until Matt Kline's lay-up with 5:17 remaining in the fourth quarter. St. George finished with a 18 points.

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