Karcher shoots St. Frances into Alhambra semifinals Scores 34 in 80-77 win over Philly's Archbishop Carroll

Boys basketball

March 15, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FROSTBURG -- No. 1 St. Frances advanced to the semifinals of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament last night, rallying for an 80-77 victory over Archbishop Carroll of Philadelphia in a quarterfinal at Frostburg State College.

Junior forward Mark Karcher scored a game-high 34 points for St. Frances (28-4), including 19 of 25 from the free-throw line. Alphonso Jones added 18 points, five assists and five steals. Tom Dearborn led Archbishop Carroll (26-5) with 22 points and Martin Inglesby added 18.

The Panthers will play DeMatha (30-4), a 56-41 winner over Judge Memorial of Utah last night, in a semifinal game tonight at 9: 15. Gonzaga meets Roman Catholic (Pa.) in the other semifinal at 7: 30.

St. Frances gained the lead for good at 74-73 on a steal and layup by Jones with 1: 37 remaining.

"Usually I try to hit the ball and knock it to my teammates," said Jones. "I just reached around and tried to grab the ball. I got the ball away and quickly went after it. I got lucky and made the shot."

Two free throws by Karcher extended the lead to 76-73 but Carroll pulled to within 76-75 with 53 seconds left on two free throws by Inglesby. Thirteen seconds later Jones converted two free throws to put St. Frances ahead, 78-75.

After a follow shot by Andy Buzbee brought Carroll within one again, the Panthers quickly got the ball up court to Karcher, who hit a short bank shot with 15 seconds left to make it 80-77.

Carroll called timeout with eight seconds remaining. When play resumed, Carroll got the ball into the hands of Tim Judge, who was waiting in the corner, but his game-tying attempt missed at the buzzer.

"We played a bad game and we were sloppy," said St. Frances coach William Wells, whose team won its 12th straight. "We were flat coming in. We were celebrating instead of playing."

St. Frances, playing the first game since winning its second straight Catholic League title 10 days ago, was fortunate last night. The Panthers struggled as Carroll set several screens to get open shots and hit 10 of 18 three-pointers.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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