There was plenty to talk about after Friday night's boys basketball game between Bishop Carroll and North.
There was the above-the-rim highlights of North's White brothers, Briston and Brison. There was teammate Conner Frankamp's near-unconscious night from the field. On the other side, Blake Bell dominated the paint just as he did the gridiron. And the scoreboard went back and forth all night, with seven ties and eight lead changes.
But the subtle things allowed Bishop Carroll to win 68-63. And while there shouldn't be such a thing as a must-win game in December, this was a huge victory for the Golden Eagles.
"You hate to say it this early in the season," Bishop Carroll coach Lonnie Lollar said, "but our backs were kind of against the wall. We came together tonight when we needed to."
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North didn't play poorly by any stretch. It shot just a tick under 50 percent (20 for 42) and despite playing four guards, none taller than 6-1, battled to a near-draw on the boards (25-23 in favor of the Eagles). But coach Gary Squires expected much more.
"We didn't run our sets good," Squires said. "We didn't play team basketball at times. And we had no answer for Blake Bell."
North, which relies heavily on its starting five, dropped back into a 2-3 zone for much of the second half as the fouls started to pile up. Other than Frankamp, North's starters all carried at least three fouls heading into the final quarter.
The move worked in that North's lineup avoided falling into deeper foul trouble. It also slowed Bell, who still finished with team-highs of 23 points and eight rebounds. But several Carroll players stepped up. Tanner Gilmore had 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. Brian Rohleder had 20 points, including a big three-pointer early in the fourth quarter that gave his team its biggest lead to that time, 52-46.
North stormed back as Brison White jammed home an offensive rebound — the second time he had wowed the crowd in such a manner. Frankamp made a three-pointer to cut the lead to one, but Gilmore got free inside to bump the lead back to three.
Briston White scored inside, and Brison scored with 3 minutes, 44 seconds left to give North the lead at 55-54.
Carroll didn't flinch, however, scoring the next six points to take a 60-55 lead with 2:14 left. A ferocious one-handed jam along the baseline by Briston White pulled North to within 3, but Frankamp, who missed only one shot in his first 10 and finished with a game-high 27 points, finally showed that he was indeed only a freshman, missing twice to keep North from making it a one-possession game.
"They had some amazing individual (efforts)," Lollar said. "Frankamp's shooting ability and then the White brothers. I don't know what galaxy they're in. We see them on film and we ask, 'Are those guys using trampolines or what?'
"Our guys couldn't match them step-for-step in those kind of things, but I was proud the last four or five minutes how we minimized their runs."
North (2-2) 12 16 15 20 — 63 Carroll (2-3) 13 15 18 22 — 68
NORTH: Briston White 4 2-2 10, Brison White 5 3-5 13, Frankamp 9 3-4 27, White 1 2-2 4, Robertson 2 5-6 9. Totals 21 (6) 15-19 63
CARROLL: Darland 0 2-2 2, Palmore 1 2-2 5, Bell 9 5-7 23, Slagle 2 2-2 6, Rohleder 8 3-4 20, Dreiling 1 0-0 2, Gilmore 5 0-4 10. Totals 26 (2) 14-20 68.