RENO—Bishop Gorman did Bishop Gorman things in Thursday’s state semifinal against Reno at Lawlor Events Center.
The Gaels (24-7) opened the second half on a 22-0 run and the four-time defending state champs ended Reno’s season in dominating fashion, 70-39.
The Huskies finished the year 20-8 after advancing to state as the DI North runners up. They hung around early, trailing 39-24 at the break before the Gaels broke it open in the third.
Alex Tsaniff finally ended Reno’s scoreless start to the second half when he hit a runner in the paint with 1:39 left in the third. The Huskies trailed 61-26 at that point.
Gorman reached the 40-point running-clock threshold early in the fourth quarter when it grabbed a 69-29 lead. With both teams emptying their bench late, Reno closed out its season on a 10-1 run.
Karn Goraya led the Huskies with nine points. Mike Heydon had eight.
Most of Bishop Gorman’s damage came from just four players. Chuck O’Bannon Jr. (23 points), Byron Frohnen (20 points), Christian Popoola (10 points) and Zach Collins (10 points) accounted for all of the Gaels’ scoring through the first three quarters.
Ray Leon was the fifth Gael to get in the box score when he hit a pair of free throws 47 seconds into the fourth quarter to extend the comfy lead to 63-28.
Bishop Gorman will attempt to win its fifth straight state title on Friday night against Coronado. Tip is at 8:10 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.
Carson can’t complete climb back against Coronado
RENO—Carson got comfortable grinding out games this season.
The Senators went 19-0 against DI North teams this season on their way to their first regional title in two decades. And it was rarely easy.
But in Thursday’s state semifinal at Lawlor Events Center, Carson was out-grinded by Coronado. Both teams struggled shooting the ball and turnovers were a dominant theme as the Cougars built a big second half lead and went on to bounce the Senators, 53-43.
Carson finished the season 24-5. Coronado improved to 22-4 and will play Bishop Gorman on Friday for the state title.
The Senators hung around with the Cougs early, trailing just 21-16 at the break but were outscored 6-0 to start the third quarter as the lead swelled to 11.
The distance grew to as large as 16, and got no smaller than nine, until Jayden DeJoseph hit a three from the corner with 1:27 to pull Carson within 48-41. DeJoseph led Carson with 19 points—10 in the fourth quarter alone.
However, Kennedy Koehler scored an easy bucket on the Cougs’ next possession to push the lead back to nine and Carson didn’t hit another field goal the rest of the way.
Koehler also scored 19 points.
Tez Allen also reached double figures in the loss, chipping in 10 points.
Coronado will play Bishop Gorman on Friday at 8:10 p.m. for the state championship. It will be the second time the two squads have seen each other. The Gaels rolled 79-57 on Dec. 4.