The Carlow men’s basketball team dominated Point Park, 93-72, to sweep the Pioneers for the first time in program history Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Oakland Catholic.
The Celtics (5-17/5-8/0-1) went on the road to defeat Point Park, 85-74, for their first win this season on Dec. 5. The River States Conference and crosstown rivals have played eight times since the inception of the Carlow men’s team in 2014-15. The Pioneers (4-19/1-13) won the first five matchups, but the Celtics have now won the last three.
The 21-point margin of victory was the largest in Carlow’s four-year history. The Celtics’ previous biggest win came in their first season, 74-60, against Penn State Greater Allegheny on Jan. 15, 2015. Their previous best RSC win was Jan. 6 of this season, when they defeated Midway, 78-65.
Carlow forwards Tony Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.) and Charlie Scharbo (SR/Jefferson Hills, Pa.) each posted a double double. Acrie tallied 24 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks.
Scharbo, who had three points at halftime when the Celtics led 34-30, took over in the second half. He finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, and a block - just shy of the program’s first triple double.
Rece Henneman (JR/Clarksville, Pa.) added 13 points, including a pair of 3s in a 10-2 Carlow run across the first 2:27 of the second half. The Celtics grabbed a 44-32 lead and went on to bury the Pioneers.
Carlow shot 50 percent (39-of-78) from the floor and 44 percent (11-of-25) from 3 in the contest, including 61 percent (25-of-41) from the floor and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3 in the second half to pull away.
The Celtics out-rebounded Point Park, 46-30, and scored eight second-chance points while not allowing the Pioneers any. They also got 18 points from their bench, while Point Park got six.
Point Park guard Gavin Rajahpillay led all scorers with 32 points, and Rushan Roberts had 23 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics next play at Cincinnati Christian on Saturday, Feb. 10.