It’s not that Patrick Carney didn’t have a great game, because he did. It’s not that Connor Evans didn’t do something spectacular, because he did.
It’s just that Bishop Carroll coach Lonnie Lollar has a different way of looking at wins and losses.
“No doubt, this is a quality win,” Lollar said. “But great team victories … those are the sweetest kind. Where everybody contributes, everybody does something. I feel like our team grew up in the second half tonight.”
Carroll needed something from every player that stepped on the floor Friday night in a 55-50, back-and-forth win at Heights.
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“We truly believe our kids can compete with the upper echelon of the City League, every game,” said Lollar, whose team improved to 6-3.
Carroll started the game with a 2-0 deficit after they were assessed a technical foul before the game for not turning in their starters to the official scorekeeper in the proper amount of time before tipoff, and dug itself out of an 11-5 hole thanks to Carney, who came off the bench to hit a pair of three-pointers on his first two shots to cut Heights’ lead to 14-13 headed into the second quarter.
“I’ve got a lot of motivation right now, to get in the gym, to work harder, to make the most of my opportunities,” Carney said. “I knew my teammates were going to get me some looks, I just needed to hit those shots.”
Carney started off the second quarter by getting Davon Gill to foul him on a step-back three-pointer on Carroll’s first possession, and hit 2 of 3 free throws to give the Eagles a 15-14 lead. Evans, a 6-foot-5 senior guard/forward, tracked down a loose ball at midcourt on the ensuing Heights possession and finished with an authoritative, one-handed slam for a 17-14 lead.
“Just good defense on our part to get the ball poked out,” said Evans, who finished with 10 points. “Everybody’s kind of feeding off of each other, and I was able to convert.”
With Carroll leading 25-24 at the break, both teams went ice cold to start the third quarter — Marquis McCray’s basket with 6:30 left was the only basket of the quarter until Heights’ Chris Lowe scored for a 28-26 lead with 2:10 left.
“We’re in a funk offensively,” Heights coach Joe Auer said. “We’re giving great effort, we’re just struggling to score the ball. We had a little bit of a hangover from losing at East on Tuesday in a close game, but the trick is to stay positive, to stay together and keep working. That’s a good team we played tonight.”
Carney, who finished with a game-high 20 points, put Carroll on his back the rest of the way. The 6-foot junior hit a pair of three-pointers, the second giving his team a 37-36 lead with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter.
A basket by Evans with 3:30 left put Carroll up 39-37 and the Eagles never trailed again. Carney hit his fifth three-pointer of the night with 1:45 left for a 45-41 lead. Semaj Hervey led Heights (6-3) with 20 points, including two three-pointers. Lowe finished with 11 points and Max Iseman added 9 points for Carroll, including hitting 3 of 4 free throws in the game’s final minutes.
“Patrick has good range, the good lord gave him the ability to shoot the ball,” Lollar said. “When Connor roams the middle of the court, the other guys are going to get a lot of good looks, and when they’re knocking down those shots we can be pretty good offensively.”
BISHOP CARROLL: Thome 3, Kennedy 2, Evans 10, Scharping 4, Carney 20, Allen 4, Wilbert 3, Iseman 9.
HEIGHTS: Hervey 20, Lowe 11, Bahner 5, McCray 5, Williams 2, Gill 7.