Vikings collared by Huskies, 78-42|
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
RICHLAND - When you're playing against the top seed of any tournament, any hopes of pulling off an upset rely heavily upon hanging around as long as you can.
When Glendale boys basketball coach Ryan Pastva called timeout with 6:12 left in the first quarter of Thursday's District 6 Class A quarterfinal with top-seeded Bishop Carroll, his Vikings were still in the starting gates and the thoroughbred Huskies were out to a lightning-quick 10-0 lead.
Glendale, the No. 8 seed, never recovered and was eliminated, 78-42, at the Richland Junior/Senior High School.
"They had a 10-0 run to start the game, and then we started hanging our heads too much," said Pastva, whose team only attempted one shot and had three turnovers nearly two minutes into the game.
"It wasn't a pretty game by any stretch. There's not much else to say."
Pastva's attempt at slowing down the Huskies worked to a degree, but it wasn't until Shea O'Donnell knocked down the first of two free throw attempts with 1:33 to go that the Vikings got on the scoreboard.
Bishop Carroll had a 19-0 lead built up by then and led 19-3 at the end of the period.
Glendale's Damon Braniff converted a steal into a layup with 41 seconds left for his team's first field goal.
The Vikings were 1-for-10 from the field in the frame and ended the contest just 13-of-59.
"They hustle and they all work hard," Pastva said of the Huskies, whose pressure forced Glendale into 22 turnovers.
"You can tell it's something they bring from the practice court to here. That's not something you can just turn on in a game. They're coached well and they do their thing - they hustle. If you hustle that much, you're going to win some basketball games.
"They frustrated us and did a good job. That's why there are where they are."
If Bishop Carroll's defense didn't lead to points in transition, the Huskies' ball movement picked up the slack more often than not.
Three Bishop Carroll players finished the contest in double digits. Scott Ranck and Brandon Martinazzi each had 24 to lead the Huskies, who got 16 more from Marcus Lee.
While the Vikings struggled from the field, the Huskies weren't as unfortunate.
Bishop Carroll was 9-of-16 in the opening frame and ended the contest by shooting 50.7 percent from the field (34 of 67).
"They hit everything, and we knew that coming in," said Pastva. "They like to shoot it. They either get transition points or they shoot it, and they got both tonight. They got a lot in transition to start the game, and they hit a lot of shots in the later part of the game."
Glendale didn't have a player reach double figures, but saw O'Donnell, Braniff and Anthony Barnhart finish with nine points each.
O'Donnell pulled in a team-high eight rebounds for the Vikings, who were outrebounded 33-25.
Glendale ended its season with a 13-11 record, while the top-seeded Huskies (20-4) advance to the semifinals to face Juniata Valley.
"We have, in some capacity, exceeded expectations," Pastva said. "I don't know that a lot of people expected us to win a playoff game coming in. I looked at the kids we have and knew we had a chance to do something special.
"The kids fought hard and we have a bright future, looking head. We have a pair of sophomores (Barnhart and O'Donnell) that were key contributors for us, and that's nice to see. We'll have a few other letterwinners as well. The seniors did their part. They came out, worked hard and played some basketball."
Braniff 2 4-4 9, O'Donnell 3 1-2 9, Barnhart 3 0-0 9, Sinclair 1 0-0 2, Witherow 2 1-2 7, McCrae 2 2-4 6, Schultz 0 0-0 0, Snyder 0 0-0 0, Matchock 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 8-12 42.
Madonna 0 1-2 1, Maruca 0 0-0 0, Lee 8 0-0 16, Ranck 11 2-2 24, Martinazzi 10 2-3 24, Suckinos 3 1-2 7, Swatsworth 0 0-0 0, Lucas 0 0-0 0, Semelsberger 0 0-0 0, Burk 1 2-2 4, Ratchford 1 0-0 2. Totals: 34 8-11 78.
Three-pointers: Barnhart 3, O'Donnell 2, Witherow 2, Braniff; Martinazzi 2.
Score by Quarters
Glendale 3 12 16 11-42
Bishop Carroll 19 27 15 17-78