Strong shooting lifts Bishop Canevin past Laurel
Laurel (67) Vs. Bishop Canevin (80)
By Clayton Sauertieg
New Castle News
The Laurel High boys basketball team had no answer for Bishop Canevin's torrid shooting Friday night.
The Crusaders made 13 of 23 attempts from beyond the arc as they topped the host Spartans in a WPIAL Section 3-2A contest, 80-67.
The atmosphere was electric in the Laurel gym at tipoff as the two squared off in the key section clash. But the Crusaders (4-1 section, 8-3 overall) quickly quieted the home crowd, jumping out to a 13-5 lead just four minutes into game behind 3-pointers from Matthew King and Eugene Goodwine.
Goodwine and Walter Bonds each scored eight points for the Crusaders in the opening frame as they took a 24-15 lead into the second quarter.
"Walter Bonds is a guy that really gets us going," Bishop Canevin coach Kevin Trost said. "He's quick and strong and can get into the lane. And then we surround him with a lot of guys who can shoot the basketball."
Laurel (4-2, 10-2) turned up the pressure defensively in the second quarter, but struggled on the offensive end. Mason Mraz scored five of the Spartans' nine points in the quarter and they went into the half trailing 37-24.
The Crusaders continued to pull away in the third. Goodwine scored seven of his 22 points in the quarter and Bishop Canevin turned up the defensive intensity to take a 57-40 lead into the final frame.
Mraz did all he could in the fourth quarter to try to pull the Spartans back into the contest, scoring 13 of his 33 points, but Bishop Canevin was relentless. The Crusaders hit four of their 13 3-pointers in the final quarter to maintain their lead and lock up the victory.
"Laurel's a great program with a great player and a really good coach," Trost said of what the win means for his program. "On the road, it's difficult coming up here. We've got an hour bus ride and we're playing in a great atmosphere, so this is huge."
Mraz netted a game-high 33 points for Laurel, while Jordan Dantico chipped in with 17 for the Spartans.
Goodwine topped Bishop Canevin with 22 points and Bonds was next with 21. King added 16 markers.
"They're a good team and we knew that," Laurel coach Ken Locke said. "They shot the lights out and they're tough to defend."
Locke added that he expects his team to respond well to the loss, which it will have the opportunity to do Saturday against West Middlesex at Slippery Rock University.
"Hopefully it's already behind them," he said. "We've got another game tomorrow. So it's not like we have to wait a week to play a game. We just have keep our heads up. We're 10-2 right now and we know we're capable of competing with the best, so that's it. Keep our heads up and move on. Tomorrow's another day and we're going to get back at it and just take them one at a time."