The Vincentian Royals ran into a team that likes to run as much as they do -- and then some.
In a fast-paced, up-and-down contest, Bishop Carroll knocked off Vincentian, 92-85, in a PIAA Class A second-round game Tuesday at Hempfield.
Vincentian, the WPIAL champion who averages 83 points a game, finished the season 26-2. Both losses were to Bishop Carroll (23-5), the District 6 runner-up from Ebensburg. Earlier in the season, the Huskies beat Vincentian, 83-81.
This time, Bishop Carroll turned the ball over 27 times against Vincentian's full-court presses and half-court traps. But Bishop Carroll also beat Vincentian's defense with regularity for layups.
Marcus Lee, a 6-foot-5 junior center, had 33 points and 13 rebounds for Bishop Carroll. He averages only 12 points a game, but scored 20 in the first Vincentian contest. He was nearly perfect from the field this time, making 13 of 14 shots, none more than 6 feet from the basket.
Senior guard Scott Ranck added 27 for Bishop Carroll.
In the second half, Bishop Carroll shot 68 percent from the field (15 of 22), with most of the shots in close.
Sophomore guard Ryan Wolf led Vincentian with 27 points, making 11 of 27 shots from the field, including 4 of 15 from 3-point range.
Junior forward Jim Kenna had five 3-pointers and 20 points for Vincentian. Overall, Vincentian was 14 of 38 from 3-point range.
Vincentian held a 46-44 lead at halftime and its final lead was 58-57 with 2:25 left in the third quarter.
Bishop Carroll held a 65-61 lead after three quarters.
The Huskies' biggest lead was 83-72 with 1:37 left. Vincentian could get no closer than five with 36 seconds remaining.
Bishop Carroll will play Lincoln Park in the quarterfinals.
Other Class A
• Lincoln Park 51, Ridgway 34: Maverick Rowan scored 20 points and Lincoln Park (21-6) used a strong second half to grab the win at Clarion University. The game was tied, 21-21, in the third, but Lincoln Park outscored District 9 runner-up Ridgway (23-5), 30-13, after that, including a 10-0 run to end the game. Ryan Skovranko added 13 points for the Leopards. Elijah Minnie was held to four. The Leopards also defeated Ridgway in last year's semifinals on their way to making the championship for the second season in row.
• Smethport 37, Clairton 35: Clairton (17-8) was eliminated by District 9 fourth-place finisher Smethport (24-3) at Clarion University. Terrish Webb's layup with 1:58 left in the game cut Clairton's deficit to 36-35, but the Bears missed three consecutive free throws down the stretch. Bryon Clifford's 3-point attempt misfired at the buzzer. Webb led the Bears with 13 points. Zach Smith scored 19 for Smethport.
• Montour 48, Girard 38: Rob Julian scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half and made six 3-pointers to help WPIAL champion Montour (24-4) defeat District 10 runner-up Girard (21-6) at Sharon. Devin Wilson chipped in 10 points for the Spartans, who outscored Girard, 18-7, in the second quarter. Montour, which advanced to the championship the past two seasons, will meet General McLane in the quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
• General McLane 69, Beaver 54: Jaymon Mason, the leading scorer in District 10, scored 33 points for General McLane (22-5) in the win against Beaver (20-5) at Sharon. Mason made four 3-pointers and 13 of 14 free throws. For Beaver, Corey Nesmith scored 17 points and Aaron Barlow had 13. The Bobcats were outscored, 19-6, in the second quarter.