It might be safe to say that Archbishop Carroll sophomore AJ Hoggard has figured it out.
At times as a freshman, Hoggard, an ultra-talented, multipurpose threat on the court, struggled with when to take over a game and when to let his teammates shine.
It might be time to retire that question.
Friday night at Bensalem, Hoggard played maestro beautifully, leading the Patriots to a 66-58 Class 5A first-round victory against feisty Wissahickon.
Hoggard, a 6-3 point guard, finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, but perhaps most importantly was diligent on the defensive end and a willing facilitator.
After Carroll (19-7) held a 26-24 edge at intermission, Hoggard helped the Patriots eventually build an eight-point advantage after the teams swapped the lead several times in the frame.
In the fourth quarter, Hoggard twice found junior forward Luke House for back-to-back three-pointers, the second of which gave the Patriots a 51-37 lead with 7 minutes left.
House led all scorers with 20 points, all of which came in the second half after he was saddled with foul trouble in the first half. He finished 5-of-8 overall, including 4-of-7 from three, and 6-of-6 at the foul line.
Senior guard Justin Anderson finished with 15 points, while senior forward Keyon Butler added 8 points and eight rebounds.
For the Trojans, Max Rapoport, a senior guard, led the way with 20 points and drilled a triple to get Wissahickon within 56-53 with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left.
Rapoport again got the Trojans (19-8) within three with another triple with about 30 seconds left.
Carroll then turned the ball over, but another desperate Rapoport three went begging.
Zach Reiner added 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Trojans. Anthony Lawrence added nine points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive).
Carroll 17 9 19 21 66
Wissahickon 13 11 13 22 59
C: Luke House 20, AJ Hoggard 16, Justin Anderson 15, Keyon Butler 8, Kiyl Mack 3, Ny'Mire Little 2, Tairi Ketner 2.