WPIAL boys basketball playoff update Wednesday

Greensburg Central Catholic denied WPIAL finals appearance losing to OLSH

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WPIAL boys basketball semifinal results from Tuesday, March, 1st:

OLSH 77 Greensburg Central Catholic 42 (Class 2A)

No. 1 OLSH stormed out to a 23-10 lead through the first quarter and added on the rest of the way, cruising to a 77-42 WPIAL Class 2A semifinal victory over No. 4 Greensburg Central Catholic at Gateway. The Chargers held the scoring edge in every quarter over the Centurions who were led by Brevan Williams' 18 points. Ryan Appleby contributed 12 points for GCC (18-4) which will play in the PIAA tournament. OLSH (22-0) was led by Jake DiMichele who poured in a game-high 28 points. The Chargers, who have now won 62 straight games, plays second-seed Neshannock in the WPIAL championship on Friday at 3 p.m.

WPIAL boys basketball semifinal results from Saturday, February 26th:

Montour 64 Belle Vernon 53 (Class 4A)

No. 2 Montour pulled away from No. 3 Belle Vernon in the fourth quarter to earn a 64-53 triumph in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal game. The Leopards were down by just six points at 42-36 after three quarters. But the Spartans finished the contest on a 22-17 run to secure the win. Daniel Gordon scored 16 points to spur the Belle Vernon offense. Devin Whitlock added 15 points while Quinton Martin had 12 and Alonzo Wade tallied 10 for the Leopards (19-4). Tyriq Eleam collected 17 points for the Spartans (20-4) who will square off against No. 1 Quaker Valley in the WPIAL championship on Thursday at 9 p.m. Belle Vernon, which appeared in its third straight semifinal, will now prepare for the PIAA post-season.

WPIAL boys basketball quarterfinal results from Friday, February 25th:

Greensburg Central Catholic 61 Monessen 42 (Class 2A)

No. 4 Greensburg Central Catholic outscored fifth-seeded Monessen in every quarter, posting a 61-42 WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinal victory at Norwin. The Centurions were ahead 13-12 after one and 28-24 at halftime. They pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Greyhounds 33-18 over the final two quarters. Ryan Appleby tallied 20 points for Greensburg Central Catholic (18-3) while teammates Brevan Williams and Tyree Turner scored 19 and 11 points respectively. GCC will play No. 1 OLSH on Tuesday, 8 p.m. at Gateway.

WPIAL boys basketball quarterfinal results from Wednesday, February 23rd:

Belle Vernon 62 Freeport 42 (Class 4A)

No. 3 Belle Vernon flexed its muscles early, never allowing No. 11 Freeport a realistic chance to get into the game, and cruised past the Yellowjackets 62-42 in a WPIAL 4A quarterfinal. The Leopards (19-3) scored 23 of the games first 27 points en route to a 23-4 advantage after one. They added on to their advantage in the second quarter, going into the halftime break ahead 45-17. Alonzo Wade produced 17 points for Belle Vernon with Quinton Martin and Devin Whitlock each adding 15 points. The Leopards will face second-seed Montour in the semifinals on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. The Spartans beat Belle Vernon 65-48 in the Hoops for a Cure Classic at North Allegheny back on February 6th. It's the third straight year that BVA has played in the WPIAL semis.

Montour 70 Burrell 50 (Class 4A)

No. 7 Burrell couldn't capitalize on a solid start in a 70-50 loss to No. 2 Montour in a WPIAL 4A quarterfinal match up. The Buccaneers raced out to an early 16-14 lead only to see it vanish by halftime, as the Spartans went ahead 33-22 at halftime. Montour extended the advantage to 44-31 after three. Brandon Coury netted 20 points to lead Burrell (14-9). Mackey Bennis (13) and Donovan Callahan (11) also reached double-figures. Diaun Pinkett's 28 points topped Montour (19-4) which will play Belle Vernon on Saturday in the semifinals.

WPIAL boys basketball playoffs first round results from Tuesday, February 22nd:

Mount Lebanon 75 Hempfield Area 51 (Class 6A)

No. 4 Mount Lebanon held a 25-11 scoring edge in the third quarter to pull away from No. 13 Hempfield Area, beating the Spartans 75-51 in a WPIAL 6A first round playoff game. Hempfield trailed by only eight points at halftime but saw the deficit swell to 55-33 by the end of the third quarter. Sean Gordon's 20 points powered the Spartans (7-16, 4-6) with teammate Harry Sowers chipping in with 18 points. Christian Powers put up 21 points for the Blue Devils (15-8) who will host Upper St. Clair on Friday at 7 p.m.

Butler 81 Norwin 73 (Class 6A)

Adam Bilinsky poured in 27 points for No. 11 Norwin but the Knights fell short in a WPIAL 6A first round playoff game at Butler, losing 81-73. The Knights finish the season with a 9-11 overall record. The Golden Tornado received two huge performances in the game from Devin Carney (32 points) and Raine Gratzmiller (26 points). Carney produced 19 points in the first half for Butler (13-9) which travels to Pittsburgh Central Catholic for a quarterfinal contest on Friday at 7 p.m.

Upper St. Clair 85 Penn-Trafford 59 (Class 6A)

No. 12 Penn-Trafford dug itself an early hole, trailing No. 5 Upper St. Clair 30-7 after one quarter, and eventually fell to the Panthers 85-59 in a WPIAL 6A first round playoff game. Noah Wright tallied 21 points to lead the Warriors (9-13) who beat North Hills in the first round last season. Gio Merola came in 15 with points for P-T while Nick Crum finished with 10. Porter Rauch collected a game-high 27 points for Upper St. Clair (16-7) which will meet Mount Lebanon on Friday at 7 p.m.

Greensburg Central Catholic 70 South Side Beaver 43 (Class 2A)

No. 4 Greensburg Central Catholic outscored No. 13 South Side Beaver in every quarter in a 70-43 WPIAL 2A first round playoff triumph. The Centurions (17-3) built a 12-8 lead after one and were ahead 27-16 at halftime. Four players finished in double-figures for GCC with Brevan Williams scoring 20 points. Dylan Parsons put in 15 points, Tyree Turner tallied 13 and Franco Alvarez came in with 11. Greensburg Central Catholic (17-3) advances to play Monessen in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7 p.m. at Norwin High School.

Monessen 69 Jeannette 59 (Class 2A)

No. 5 Monessen won its 17 straight game, downing No. 12 Jeannette 69-59 in a WPIAL 2A first round playoff game. The Jayhawks were in front 16-15 after one but the Greyhounds used a strong second quarter to take a 33-23 halftime lead. Despite a strong third quarter from Jeannette, Monessen was able to pull away in the fourth. Anton Good put together a big performance for the Jayhawks, tallying a game-high 28 points. Shane Mickens added 14 for Jeannette (10-12). Lorenzo Gardner's 25 points paced Monessen (19-4) which will play Greensburg Central Catholic in the quarterfinals on Friday at 7 p.m. at Norwin High School.

WPIAL boys basketball playoffs first round results from Monday, February 21st:

Hampton 66 Kiski Area 60 (Class 5A)

The game was deadlocked at halftime but No. 8 Hampton used a big third quarter to eliminate No. 9 Kiski Area, beating the Cavaliers 66-60 in a WPIAL Class 5A first round game at Hampton. With the contest knotted up at 22-22, the Talbots went on a 24-12 run in the third frame to take a 46-34 lead after three. The Cavaliers tried to rally in the fourth quarter, outscoring Hampton 26-20 and getting the game within 57-52. But the Talbots connected on several free throws down the stretch. Isaiah Gonzalez, only a sophomore, scored 15 points for Kiski Area (15-8). James Pearson came in with 13 points with teammate Noah Thimons adding 12 for the Cavaliers who won just five games a season ago. Eric Weeks tallied 19 points to pace the Talbots (13-10) who will meet top-seeded Laurel Highlands in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Avonworth 64 Ligonier Valley 36 (Class 3A)

Matt Marinchak poured in 22 points but No. 9 Ligonier Valley couldn't muster much additional offense in a 64-36 loss at No. 8 Avonworth in a WPIAL Class 3A first round playoff game. The Rams (12-11) were down just 10-7 through the first quarter but saw the deficit swell to 31-19 at halftime. Avonworth finished the game on a 20-3 run. Rowan Carmichael's 23 points topped the Antelopes (16-6) who will play Ellwood City on Thursday in a quarterfinal contest.

WPIAL boys basketball playoffs first round results from Friday, February 18th:

Burrell 63 Elizabeth Forward 42 (Class 4A)

No. 7 Burrell was keyed by a 14-0 run in the Buccaneers 63-42 victory over No. 10 Elizabeth Forward in a WPIAL Class 4A first round match up. Burrell outscored the Warriors in every quarter including a 21-10 scoring edge in the fourth. Brandon Coury racked up 22 points to lead the Bucs (14-8) while Macky Benis added 14. As a result, Burrell moves on to the quarterfinals to face No. 2 Montour, which had a first-round bye Friday.

Lincoln Park 90 Yough 38 (Class 4A)

No. 12 Yough fell behind quickly, down 33-10 to No. 5 Lincoln Park through the first eight minutes of the game, and dropped a 90-38 decision in a WPIAL Class 4A first round playoff game. Terek Crosby wrapped up his terrific season by scoring 12 points to lead the Cougars (13-10). Brandin Cummings totaled 24 points for the Panthers (16-6) who will square off with No. 4 North Catholic on Wednesday.