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BC boys fall to Archbishop Carroll

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press in Sports

So close.

Becahi’s boys’ basketball team was supposed to have a hard time hanging with Archbishop Carroll’s talented team in the opening round of the PIAA Class 4A opening-round game at William Allen High School Friday night.

The Golden Hawks ended the game and their season a few seconds away from pulling an upset, in a 46-44 defeat.

Becahi’s Bryan Santana couldn’t connect on a three-point attempt and teammate Julian Thomas failed to hit a last-second toss as a valiant effort didn’t result in a favorable outcome.

It was a tight contest throughout as both teams were tied after the opening quarter (14-14) and at halftime (24-24) before Becahi held a slim 34-32 advantage after three quarters. Becahi couldn’t find its rhythm, and it was bogged down by Carroll’s consistent defense.

The defeat left the Golden Hawks with a final 15-12 mark for the 2019-20 campaign.

“Endings aren’t fun,” said Becahi head coach Scott McClary said. “As you get older, you learn it’s not about winning and losing, but who you are.

“We had a sideline play drawn up, and it didn’t play out the way we wanted it to. We didn’t get a good look, and that certainly hurt us, but I don’t think that’s where we lost the game.”

Ironically, Archbishop Carroll (17-9, third seed in District 12) took the lead when they hit a three-pointer for the game-winner with 29 seconds left in the game.

Thomas, a senior, led Becahi with 12 points and sophomore Isaiah Thomas added 11.

Becahi struggled down the stretch as it lost four of its final six games. They did advance to the District 11 Class 4A championship game and came up short in a similar type contest, a 52-48 loss to Allentown Central Catholic.

McClary will lose seniors Thomas, Santana, Ryan Santana, and Matt Stianche, all of whom were integral parts of the team. However, they will return a solid core led by sophomores Alexander and Ryan Glassmacher.

“We made mistakes tonight as we did all season,” added McClary. “Every time we did, we kept fighting back. But we talked about who we were as a team and who they could be as persons all year long.

“We talked about writing our own story. I’m proud we did write our own story and who we were, not just tonight, but in closing the season with three or four terrific efforts.”