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Future Panther Carlton Carrington Shines in Baltimore Battle with MSJ

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BALTIMORE — On Friday night, Pitt signee Carlton Carrington shined for his St. Frances Academy squad in an intense rivalry matchup against Mount Saint Joseph’s, who also touts numerous future Division One players.

The matchup took place in the Johnston Square neighborhood in Baltimore in front of a jam-packed, energetic crowd eager to watch two of the city’s powerhouses butt heads.

The two squads traded buckets in the start. On the offensive end, Carrington couldn’t quite find his shot early on, hitting just one of his first six shots while playing with an aggressive approach. He played the two-guard spot, as Maryland commit Jahnathan Lamothe took the ball up for the majority of the team’s possessions. However, despite early shooting struggles, the Pitt signee played a huge role on the boards, springing up to grab five rebounds in the first half. He finished the first frame with two points and three assists as his team was locked in a tight battle.

Saint Frances went to Carrington immediately to open the second half, as he drove to the bucket with long strides for a smooth finger-roll finish to open up the action. He then went on a bit of a scoring run himself, powering his way through the lane for another layup and hitting a three from the right wing.

Carrington also flashed his passing ability throughout the night. As his shot started to fall, he recognized that the rest of the offense opened up as well. The Baltimore product dropped his fourth, fifth, and sixth dimes of the night to his teammates, igniting the home crowd early in the fourth quarter.

The four-star prospect had his fair share of clutch moments in the game, and perhaps his best play of the night came on an assist in transition. After grabbing a rebound on the defensive end in the fourth quarter, Carrington dribbled through three defenders, passed half court, and whipped a pass over to the corner for his teammate to convert on a three. The home crowd erupted as Saint Frances took the lead once again.

Carrington’s squad eventually lost after Lamothe’s game-tying three-point attempt missed at the buzzer. However, the Pitt signee valued the atmosphere that the Baltimore hoops community was in attendance for on Friday.

“It means a lot,” Carrington told Pittsburgh Sports Now after the game. “As you can see, a lot of people came out. It was definitely one of the biggest games, one of the most anticipated games on the schedule. Everyone has this marked on their schedule. It’s definitely a blessing to come out and compete in front of all of these people, win, lose, or draw.”

Carrington finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. He hit two three pointers on the night, and converted all four of his free-throw tries in the loss.

Stay tuned on PSN for a scouting report on Carrington in the near future.

 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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