There were a pair of impressive, eye-opening victories the past week.
The first happened on Saturday as Bishop Carroll traveled to unbeaten Vincentian Academy, which is located a couple miles north of Ross Park Mall, and defeated the Royals, 81-81. Vincentian was a top-10 team in PIAA Class A according to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg. Credit Bishop Carroll for playing with focus following a long Saturday road trip.
On Monday night, Greater Johnstown traveled to Altoona for a clash of old-school rivals. The Mountain Lions were coming off a win over State College, but the undaunted Trojans put together a strong third quarter and got another standout performance from Philip Madison en route to a confidence-building 60-45 win.
With the postseason coming into view, both victories are good signs for the Huskies and Trojans.
1. Shade 11-0
Panthers face difficult home game tonight vs. one-loss Shanksville-Stonycreek.
2. Greater Johnstown 8-3
Difficult nonconference schedule starting to pay off in win column.
3. Bishop Carroll 9-2
Face another difficult test Friday at Penn Cambria.
4. Penn Camrbia 9-2
After back-to-back one-point losses, Panthers have blown out three consecutive opponents.
5. Bishop McCort 8-3
Crimson Crushers are as talented as any team around.
6. Northern Cambria 10-3
Five-game win streak has put shaky start in the past.
7. Shanksville-Stonycreek 9-1
Tiny Shanksville's lone loss is to Class AAA Somerset.
8. Cambria Heights 8-4
Two trips to Ebensburg resulted in a split, including a 23-point loss to Bishop Carroll.
9. Conemaugh Township 7-2
The Indians must take offense to giving up points judging by their scores.
10. Somerset 7-5
The Golden Eagles can hang with any team as long as the 3-pointers are falling.