By Tyler Sandora
The players on Archbishop Carroll’s basketball team know that they have the ability to outrun teams, and speed up the tempo of the game.
With their tall, quick, and sharpshooting guards, along with an athletic big man, the Patriots know they need to get the tempo of the game into their favor to make a run through the state playoffs.
They were able to use these advantages on Friday night, defeating Great Valley 61-48 in the first round of the PIAA 5A state tournament.
“As long as we have ball pressure, we can play to our tempo,” Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk said.
Carroll was able to force Great Valley into 20 turnovers, 14 of which came in the first half, leading into fast break opportunities at the other end.
Leading the way for the third seed from District 12 was freshman guard A.J. Hoggard with 16 points. Although he is still a freshman, Hoggard assumes the point guard role for Carroll.