BUFFALO, W.Va. - The look on Buffalo coach Chuck Elkins' face Tuesday night said it all.
Befuddled. Bewildered. Astonished. Amazed.
Much like the look on Parkersburg Catholic coach Rob Strcula's face exactly one week before.
They'd just seen their basketball teams - legitimate Class A contenders and season-long residents of the top 10 - dismantled by textbook performances by Charleston Catholic.
In the latest chapter on Tuesday, the Irish shot a torrid 64 percent and blasted the Bison 83-59 behind a career-high 29 points from Zach Casto, 19 points and nine rebounds from Nick George and 17 points and seven assists from Garret McCarty.
"They shot the lights out,'' said Elkins, shaking his head. "I've never seen anybody shoot that way - everything. And it just snowballed - they make, we miss, they make, we miss. We couldn't get back in the game. It's too far. It's out of control.''
The Irish did little wrong against the Bison, just like in last week's 78-48 demolition of the No. 5 Crusaders.
Catholic distributed the ball deftly, racking up 20 assists on 33 baskets, made 8 of 18 from 3-point range, hit 9 of 10 free throws, was whistled for only seven personal fouls in the game and committed just 12 turnovers in matching their season high of 83 points.
The Irish seemed to benefit from the return to the bench of coach Bill McClanahan, who missed the team's weekend trip to the Eastern Panhandle because of his job as an IT manager. It was the first time McClanahan had seen his players in nearly a week.
"We told them this was going to be a good chance to demonstrate to me where they were,'' McClanahan said. "We took a good step in the right direction, and they were mature in their preparation. We've stayed the same. We haven't gone backward.''
The Bison (15-3), ranked No. 8 in Class A, played with the Irish early, jumping into leads as high as five points in the first quarter and still led 14-10 late in the period. However, Buffalo's shots stopped dropping and Catholic never cooled.
The No. 2 Irish (16-2) closed out the first half by scoring 29 of the final 37 points, bumping their edge to 39-22. Halfway into the third quarter, the lead was 30 - and climbing.