MCA rallies for win
MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel coach John Lazicki called a timeout with 2:07 to play and his team trailing Bloomsburg by a point Monday.
All his timeouts should work so well.
The Red Tornadoes scored the next seven points to take a tough 47-44 win over the Panthers in their season opener. Mount Carmel got 20 points from its bench, with Zach Wasilewski the only double-figure scorer with 10 points, and he also lead the team with nine rebounds. Ben Scicchitano added eight points and four rebounds.
"That's the way it has to be," Lazicki said. "As long as Wash and Ben stay within themselves, they can give us a huge lift. Sometimes they both try to do too much. But they're aware of their roles. Everyone on the team knows what their place is, and I think that's really going to help us. People get caught up too much in who's starting. I'll bet Wash and Ben probably played as many minutes tonight as anyone.
"This is a big win for us. They're a tough team, They hung with (AAA) Manheim Central this weekend and they're a long team. They have about five or six guys who are all 6-3, and their guards are good."
The Red Tornadoes took the lead for good on a follow-up by Elijah Duran, and Tyler Kwiatkowski, who got hot in the final quarter after missing his first nine shots, hit a runner with 51 seconds left to make it 44-41. Wasilewski made one of two foul shots with 25.7 seconds left, and Scicchitano made both ends of a one-and-one with 16.7 seconds left.
But Bloomsburg got a 3-point shot from Zach Mrozek, who had five of them, and called a timeout with 0.7 seconds left, forcing a Mount Carmel inbounds play at the buzzer.
Mrozek also hit a halfcourt trey at the buzzer at halftime on his way to a 23-point game. But Mount Carmel did a strong defensive job on the Panthers' bigger players. No one else scored more than six points for Bloomsburg.
"Mrozek's one of the better guards we'll see this season," Lazicki said.
Mount Carmel took a 19-10 lead in the first quarter but ran into trouble in the second, hitting just 1 of 8 shots and scoring just three points. Meantime, Bloomsburg scored 19 to take a seven-point halftime lead, 29-22.
But Mount Carmel clawed back with good defense in the third quarter, whittling the lead down to four, and eventually took a lead on Bob Beierschmitt's only basket. Mount Carmel forced 20 turnovers by the Panthers.
"That's against a zone, too," Lazicki said. "But our zone is more like man if we're playing it right."
Bloomsburg fell to 1-2.
BLOOMSBURG (44) - Mrozek 9 0-0 23, Ashford 0 0-0 0, Vincent 2 0-0 4, Gross 3 0-0 6, Hock 2 1-6 5, Yancy 0 0-0 0, R. Klingerman 0 0-0 0, C. Klingerman 0 0-0 0, Everhart 2 2-2 6. Totals 18 3-8 44.
MOUNT CARMEL (47) - Varano 2 1-3 5, Heromin 3 0-2 6, Kwiatkowski 4 0-0 8, Beierschmitt 1 0-0 2, Duran 3 0-3 6, Tocyloski 1 0-0 2, Scicchitano 2 3-3 8, Wasilewski 4 2-4 10. Totals 20 6-15 47.
3-point FGs: Bloomsburg (5) - Mrozek 5; Mount Carmel (1) - Scicchitano.
JV: Mount Carmel 36, Bloomsburg 31.