Bishop Canevin Too Much for Brockway Boys in PIAA Opening Round

Mitchell King
CLARION, Pa. (D9Sports) – All season long Bishop Canevin has been ranked in the top five in the state.

(Photo: Bishop Canevin’s Mitchell King was the Hager Paving Player of the Game)

Saturday in the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A boys’ basketball playoffs the Crusaders showed why overcoming a sloppy start to roll past District 9 runner-up Brockway, 74-38, at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym.

“They have been a top-five team in the state all year for a reason,” Brockway first-year head coach Rick Clark said. “I thought we competed hard in the first half. I thought we had some great second opportunities on the glass. I thought we kind of hurt them there with our size advantage. But they made a little run there at the end of the first half and then it kind of snowballed in the second half, and they started making some of those threes. It just kind of took how from there.”

The game was tied at 12 at the end of the first quarter and at 14 early in the second quarter, but Bishop Canevin (20-5), which was upset in the WPIAL playoffs finishing in third place, used an 8-0 run early in the second quarter to open up a 22-14 lead.

Then, after Brockway (16-11) cut the deficit back to four, 24-20, the Crusaders ended the half with an 11-4 run fueled by four points from Kellan Gustine and a pair of second-chance buckets, to open up an 11-point, 35-24 halftime lead.

“We tried to make them drive and shoot more twos because they do such a good job of penetrating and kicking for threes. In the first half, I thought we did a really good job of that,” Clark said. “But they were able to get to the basket.”

Mitchell King then took over the game in the third quarter hitting three consecutive 3-pointers and scoring the first 13 points of the second half for Bishop Canevin fueling a half-starting 17-4 run that put the game away.

King finished with a game-high 27 points while adding six rebounds and was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game.

He talked about the performance.

Walter Bonds added 17 points with Gustine chipping in nine points and eight rebounds for Bishop Canevin.

Jarrett Esposito paced Brockway with 12 points and eight rebounds but was in foul trouble all night long picking up three in the first half before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

“These guys accomplished some things that no teams in our history have done,” Clark said. “We won the tip-off and the Christmas Tournament. We had an up-and-down season, but we knew that because of the schedule we played we would be battle tested coming into the playoffs and have a chance to make a run. The guys believed that, and we did that. I’m extremely proud of how hard they played all season long and the run they made. We just feel a little short of the district championship goal and obviously ran into a very good team tonight.”

Bishop Canevin faces District 10 champion Wilmington in the second round Wednesday at site and time to be determined.


Score by Quarters

Bishop Canevin 12 23 20 19 – 74
Brockway 12 12 8 6 – 38


Walter Binds 7 3-7 17, Eugene Goodwine 2 2-2 6, Kellan Gustine 3 2-2 9, Mitchell King 11 2-2 27, Julian Bonds 3 0-0 6, Richie Bochiccio 3 1-1 7, Donavin Meriweather 0 0-0 0, Nathan Kirsch 1 0-0 2, Brian DeSchon 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 10-14 74.


Zane Puhala 2 0-1 4, Hunter Miller 1 0-0 3, Jarrett Esposito 6 0-0 12, Carter Adams 3 0-0 7, Quade Lundberg 2 0-2 4, Jake Wineberg 0 1-2 1, Quenton Jackson 2 0-0 5, Hunter Antonuccio 2 0-0 5, Jake Gorham 0 0-0 0, Tim Brosky 0 2-2 2, Jesse Johnson 0 0-0 0, Noah Vokes 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 3-7 38.

Three-pointers: Bishop Canevin 4 (King 3, Gustine). Brockway 3 (Miller, Adams, Jackson).

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