Note: This article originally appeared in the Mirror on Monday, March 5, 1973.
Meets Pittsburgh North Catholic Saturday
By Frank Polito
Mirror Staff Writer
EBENSBURG — The second-half offensive brilliance of Ed Stoehr yesterday afternoon enabled Bishop Guilfoyle to stay in the running for a PCIAA Class A state championship.
Stoehr’s 14th field goal against Greensburg Central Catholic, however, with four seconds remaining, had everyone wondering momentarily if there would be another game for Guilfoyle.
Stoehr’s 10-foot jumper from the baseline rolled around the rim before finally dropping through at the buzzer.
The bucket provided the Marauders with a 48-47 victory and a spot in Saturday’s PICAA Western final against Pittsburgh North Catholic. The contest is scheduled for Penn Hills High School at 7 p.m.
Stoehr also sank three-of-four free throws in the quarterfinal game at Bishop Carroll High School to pace the Marauders to their 18th win in 25 starts.
BG, unable to find the hoop in the first half, was forced to come from behind as Greensburg worked for the good shot and sank 11 of 19 field-goal attempts in the first 16 minutes. Guilfoyle was down by nine at one stage.
Despite connecting on 8 of 15 shots from the floor in the second half, Greensburg was unable to put it out of reach as they were troubled by Guilfoyle’s full-court double team and turned the ball over ten times.
Stoehr, Guilfoyle’s leading scorer with 317 markers and a 13.8 average entering the encounter, tallied 24 of his markers in the second half.
The 6-1 senior produced all but seven of his club’s points in the second half as Guilfoyle outscored the Centurions 31-23. BG canned 14 fielders in the second half and Stoehr had 11 of them.
After hitting on only three of 11 field-goal attempts in the first half, Stoehr came on to click on 11 of 16 as Guilfoyle worked against a tough man-to-man defense.
Stoehr Puts BG Ahead
Ahead only once over the front three quarters, (2-0 at outset), Coach Tom Lane’s Marauders tied it at 39-all before going ahead, 46-45, on a short jump shot by Stoehr with 1:07 remaining.
BG quickly got the ball back as Greensburg’s Mark DeMilio missed a pass and the ball went out of bounds.
The Marauders then attempted to maintain possession but such was not the case as they lost the ball out of bounds giving the Centurions new life.
With 17 seconds showing, Greensburg’s Rich Radomski sank a deuce inside after teammate Denny Marcinko had missed to put Greensburg back on top, 47-46.
Four seconds later, Guilfoyle’s Mike Morgan went to the charity stripe with a one-and-one bonus opportunity but missed the first attempt and things looked bad as Greensburg gained possession.
In attempting to get the ball back, Greensburg’s Rich Kruszyna was fouled and the 6-4 junior center went to the foul line in a one-and-one situation. Kruszyna was unable to produce and the locals took control with nine seconds left.
Guilfoyle, under heavy pressure, managed to get the ball out and found itself attacking in a three-on-two situation. A neat pass from Chris Rowan to Tim Brady enabled the BG guard to start a drive down the center of the floor, flanked by Stoehr and Paul Hasson.
As two Greenburg defenders converged on Brady at the top of the key, he passed to Stoehr who quickly fired away for the game-winning hoop.
Great Ball Game
“Both teams played their hearts out,’’ offered Lane. “It was a great ball game.’’
Lane said he felt his club could come back, pointing out that while Greensburg shot so good and Guilfoyle so poorly in the first half, the Marauders were down by only eight. BG took 28 shots and hit on only eight in the first half.
“Stoehr’s a great shooter,’’ said Lane in talking about his team’s second-half surge. In addition to Stoehr’s hot hand, Lane felt that Guilfoyle’s full-court double team caused problems for Greensburg.
Greensburg was guilty of 16 turnovers; Guilfoyle turned the ball over 13 times.
“Greensburg’s man-to-man defense wthe best we’ve seen all year,’’ said Lane. He said it was a real ball game as both teams played defense and battled on the boards.
Greensburg lost to the Marauders twice during the regular season, 52-44 in Greensburg and 54-53 in Altoona. The Centurions bowed out with a 12-11 mark.
Greensburg, shooting 55 percent on the afternoon on 19 or 34, opened up a 14-9 first-quarter lead and expanded it to 24-17 at intermission. Coach Jim Farrell’s club entered the third period with a 37-31 advantage, Greensburg’s biggest edge was nine, in the second stanza.
Radomski led Greensburg with 14 points. Teammate Mike Auciello, who sat out the final 6 1/2 minutes of the third quarter after picking up his third personal, also scored in double figures with 13.
Guilfoyle improved its shooting in the second half and finished with 22 fielders in 55 tries for 40 percent. BG fashioned a 35-23 spread in rebounds. Chris Rowan hauled down 12 while teammate Craig Shrift had 10 recoveries.
Field Goals - Free Throws:
Guilfoyle’s fan support, via students and adults, was superb ... In addition to the Class A game, the B and C western finals are also slated at Penn Hills on Saturday ... the PCIAA championship game in all three classes will be played as a tripleheader at the Pitt Field House on March 17. The A game is set for 7:30 p.m. ... Bishop Carroll, beaten twice by Guilfoyle this past season, makes its initial tourney appearance, Class B, on Tuesday against Mon Valley Catholic at Canevin High School.
Guilfoyle G. F. Tot.
Rowan 2 1-6 5
Landolfi 0 0-0 0
Stoehr 14 3-4 31
Hasson 3 0-0 6
Morgan 0 0-1 0
Young 0 0-0 0
Brady 1 0-0 2
Shrift 2 0-1 4
Totals 22 4-12 48
Auciello 5 3-6 13
DeMilio 4 0-1 8
Dunn 0 0-0 0
Kruszyna 2 0-1 4
Marcinko 2 4-5 8
Radomski 6 2-3 14
Totals 19 9-16 47
Score by quarters
Guilfoyle 9 8 14 17 — 48
Greensburg 14 10 13 10 — 47
Officials: Jack Michel, Harry Schlimm.