The Bishop Carroll Eagles were a reflection of their coach Thursday night in the first round of the McPherson Invitational.
Nobody works harder on the sideline than Eagles coach Lonnie Lolar and his intensity was reflected in his team, as Carroll advanced to the semifinals with a 55-42 victory over Blue Valley West.
Carroll moves on to play in Friday’s 8:15 feature game against the winner of Shawnee Mission East and host McPherson.
Three-point shooting sparked the Eagles, especially in the second quarter. They made 5 of 7 in the first half to mount a 29-20 lead.
Carroll didn’t panic after falling behind the Jaugars 9-3, as they outscored them 26-11 the rest of the half. In the second quarter, the Eagles made 8 of 11 shots.
The teams’ styles made for a hard-nosed, defensive slugfest. After getting down 16 in the second half, the Jaguars did put together a spurt to cut the lead in half behind the play of Trey Lucas, who wound up with a team-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Evan Hailes added 10.
But Carroll wore out the free throw line in the fourth quarter to keep the Jaguars at arm's length. After shooting just five free throws through the first three quarters, the Eagles were constantly hacked and finished the game 13 of 20.
Carroll had nice balance as Patrick Carney tallied 12 points and RJ Biby chipped in with 10.