AJ Hoggard, Archbishop Carroll to be tested in PIAA state quarterfinals


Archbishop Carroll’s AJ Hoggard (right) tries to grab a loose ball in the first half of Carroll’s state playoff win over Wissahickon on Thursday. Photo by ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer

By Aaron Carter

The PIAA quarterfinals will have several good matchups involving Philadelphia-area teams.

 The one I look forward to seeing the most is the point guard duel between Archbishop Carroll sophomore AJ Hoggard and Milton Hershey senior Don’yae Baylor-Carroll  on Friday nighty at Garden Spot.

I saw Baylor-Carroll for the first time Tuesday at Reading when he scored 25 points on 9-of-20 shooting in the Spartans’ 69-61 win against Bishop Shanahan.

Baylor-Carroll, likely a sub-6-footer, is a slippery ball handler with a penchant for pull-up jumpers and step-back three-pointers.

Against the Eagles, he hit 5 of 12 attempts from behind the three-point line and added five rebounds and three steals.

The Spartans, however, are a balanced team with senior 6-foot-5 forward Pedro Rodriguez, who, despite several missed layups, also scored 25 points for the District 3 champs on Tuesday.

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