The Carlow men’s basketball team fell, 73-68, in a back-and-forth battle with River States Conference foe Alice Lloyd on Friday evening, at Oakland Catholic High School.
Charlie Scharbo (JR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) paced Carlow (3-19/2-8 RSC) with his seventh double double of the season. He poured in 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Carlow had the edge in the first half, leading by as many as six points. The lead changed 15 times and the score was tied eight times in the contest, including a 31-31 draw at halftime. Alice Lloyd made a strong return from the break, and extended its lead to eight points with 14 minutes remaining.
The Celtics would not quit and retook the lead, 60-59, on a pair of foul shots by Miles Sunder (JR/Jeannette, Pa.) with 5:23 to play. A jumper by Zach Byran (JR/Irwin, Pa.) made it 62-59 at the 4:49 mark, but that would be Carlow’s last advantage.
Austin Crisp scored five of the next six points to give the Eagles a 65-62 edge with 2:57 remaining. Alice Lloyd hit two more baskets and then put the game on ice with four free throws.
Bryan and Jake St. George (SO/Monaca, Pa.) and also had big games for Carlow. St. George scored 15 points and pestered the Eagles with his quick hands, making four steals. Bryan was the facilitator, dishing five assists, while also scoring 15 points. PJ McLaughlin (SR/Irwin, Pa.) added 11 points.
For Alice Lloyd, Blake Smith scored 20 points, Crispin had 19 and Simon Christon had 10. Mason Pack led the Eagles with nine rebounds.
The coaches for both teams wore sneakers with their suits as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week. The promotion is a nationwide event intended to unite coaches in raising awareness about the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission. The sneakers are a visible reminder about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in reducing cancer risk.
The Celtics next host Asbury University at 3 pm Saturday.