Bishop Carroll sliced and diced the interior of the Buhler defense Saturday afternoon to power its way to a 56-48 victory to earn seventh place in its inaugural appearance in the 50th annual McPherson Invitational.
The Golden Eagles simply shredded the Crusaders with their length, dominating the offensive glass 24-10, which clearly was the difference in the game, not to mention Carroll made several point-blank shots.
Carroll's rebounding prowess allowed it to take 20 more field goal attempts, though it shot only 35 percent. It won the overall rebounding battle, 41-25.
The Golden Eagles took control with a 17-10 second quarter to assume a 29-22 halftime lead. It stretched it to 43-31 by the end of the third quarter and the Crusaders could never make a serious run because it gave the Golden Eagles way too many second-chance opportunities, which led to 21 BC points.
Luke Hohl led Carroll with 17 points, the only Golden Eagle in double figures. Quentin Henricks' 18 points led Buhler, with Jace Williams chipping in with 14.