CLARION – The big floor at Clarion University isn't always rough on the Johnsonburg Rams.
Less than one week removed from losing the district title game at Tippin Gymnasium against rival Ridgway, the Rams bounced back in the first round of the Class A state basketball playoffs with a 57-47 win over Bishop Carroll.
The Huskies (14-13) were able to control the game early on but a late rally in the second quarter gave the Rams (23-5) the halftime lead; they extended their advantage in the third quarter and held off a late Bishop Carroll rally for a 10-point win.
"It was quite a game and Bishop Carroll is a young team but a good team, and they'll be back next year," Johnsonburg head boys varsity basketball coach Bill Shuey said. "We were similar as we both play a lot of sophomores."
The Rams will now advance to the second round of state playoffs.