Celtics end season in RSC quarterfinal

Kristin Seamon -


The Carlow men’s basketball team ended its season in the River States Conference quarterfinals with a 105-53 loss to No. 13 IU Southeast.

The Grenadiers (23-7/16-3) earned the No. 1 seed in the league's East Division, while the Celtics (6-21/6-12/0-2) earned the fourth and final seed in the West Division, with a 76-70 win against Rio Grande in the regular-season finale.

It was the first postseason appearance for the Celtics in its four-year program history.

The loss ended the careers of three Carlow seniors — Zach Bryan (Irwin, Pa.), Charlie Scharbo (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), and Miles Sunder (Jeannette, Pa.) — who started the program as freshmen.

Scharbo went out on a high note, with 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting, 11 rebounds, three blocks, and three steals. He finished his career as Carlow’s all-time leading scorer (1,435 career points), rebounder (757 career rebounds), and shot blocker (103 career blocks).

Bryan posted 14 points and dished three assists. He finished his career with program-highs of 305 assists and 122 steals.

Tony Acrie (JR/Johnstown, Pa.) added eight points and eight rebounds for the Celtics, whose six RSC wins this season was the most in program history.

The Celtics took a 7-4 lead in the opening minutes, but then IU Southeast went on a quick 11-0 run to take the lead for good. The Grenadiers’ used their impressive speed to beat Carlow down the court for open shots and took a 53-23 by halftime.

IU Southeast shot very well, hitting 54.4 percent (43-of-79) from the floor, 29.6 percent (8-of-27) from 3, and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free-throw line.

The Celtics couldn’t get their shots to fall, converting 30.9 percent (21-of-68) from the field, 4.8 percent (1-of-21) from 3, and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the foul line.

Carlow also struggled with ball control, making 24 turnovers.

The Grenadiers were led by Jamie Johnson, with 18 points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Joe Jackson tallied 15 points and six rebounds. Dechaun Lewis had 12 points and six rebounds and Jared Osborne had 11 points and five rebounds.

IU Southeast will host No. 2-seeded WVU Tech in the semifinals Saturday, Feb. 24. The Golden Bears defeated Asbury, 94-90, in their quarterfinal matchup.

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