WPIAL boys basketball playoff update Thursday

Yough clinches spot in PIAA playoffs after big comeback; Belle Vernon loses

Wed Mar 01, 2023 - 11:41PM

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Last Updated: Thu Mar 02, 2023 - 1:51AM

WPIAL boys basketball consolation round results from Wednesday, March 1st:

South Allegheny 68 Belle Vernon 65 (4A Seventh Place Consolation)

Despite a 30-point outburst by Quinton Martin, Belle Vernon Area fell to homestanding South Allegheny 68-65 in the Class 4A seventh-place consolation game. Martin was joined by Zion Moore and Alonzo Wade in scoring double figures, as they tallied 17 and 10 points, respectively. However, the Gladiators were led by Bryce Epps, who netted 28 points, and Michael Michalski, who scored 22 points. As a result, the Leopards conclude the season with a record of 11-14.

Yough 70 Mohawk 67 (3A Seventh Place Consolation)

Propelled by a second-half rally, the Cougars secured a spot in the PIAA postseason, courtesy of a 70-67 victory against host Mohawk in the seventh-place consolation tilt. The Cougars outscored the Warriors 26-17 in the fourth quarter. Terek Crosby led the way for Yough, as he produced 29 points, including 13 in the final stanza. Austin Matthews added 18 points for the Cougars, while Brendon Converso tallied 15 points. Bobby Fadden led the Warriors with 23 points.

WPIAL boys basketball semifinal results from Tuesday, February 28th:

Aliquippa 61 Greensburg Central Catholic 36 (2A)

The Centurions were stifled by top-seeded Aliquippa, as the Quips claimed a 61-36 victory in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals matchup at West Allegheny High School. Aliquippa held No. 4 GCC to just six points in each the first and fourth quarters, and Centurions standout Franco Alvarez was limited to just two points in the contest after scoring 33 in his previous outing. Tyree Turner was the bright spot offensively for GCC, as he posted 22 points, including 13 points in the second quarter, while Samir Crosby notched nine points. A 10-point halftime lead for the Quips grew substantially in the second half, with Quentin Goode leading the way, scoring a game-high 24 points. While Aliquippa advances to the WPIAL Class 2A title game to face Avonworth on Saturday, Greensburg Central Catholic will battle No. 2 Bishop Canevin in the third-place game on Thursday at Upper St. Clair High School.

WPIAL boys basketball quarterfinal results from Friday, February 24th:

New Castle 59 Norwin 47 (6A)

The Knights played on even terms with top-seeded New Castle late into the third quarter, but the homestanding Red Hurricane used a 12-0 run to prevail 59-47 in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals. Adam Bilinsky, who reached 1,000-points earlier this season, netted a game-high 24 points for the Knights, including the first 10 points of the contest for his team. Additionally, Ryan Edwards posted 13 points for No. 8 Norwin. Isaiah Boice paced the Red Hurricane with 17 points, while Jonathan Anderson contributed 16 points. While New Castle moves on to the semifinals to play Mount Lebanon, the Knights conclude the season with a mark of 14-9.

Greensburg Central Catholic 73 Eden Christian 54 (2A)

After a slow start, the Centurions exploded offensively, with Franco Alvarez leading the way, to oust Eden Christian Academy 73-54 in the WPIAL Class 2A quarterfinals at Fox Chapel Area High School. Alvarez produced 33 points in the triumph for the No. 4 Centurions, who used a 15-0 run in the fist half to create separation from the fifth-seeded Warriors. GCC, which won its 10th game in a row, also received an 18-point effort from Tyree Turner, while Jaydin Canady and Ryan Kimmel posted eight points apiece. David Ryan led Eden Christian with 15 points, while Ryan Merrick and Noah Elias each scored a dozen. As a result, Greensburg Central Catholic advances to the semifinals on Tuesday, and will play top-seeded Aliquippa. The Quips bounced Shenango 63-37 on Friday.

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

Laurel Highlands 75 Belle Vernon 71 OT (4A)

Belle Vernon Area held a six-point lead in the final minute of regulation, but defending champion Laurel Highlands produced a frantic rally to tie the game, and the Mustangs prevailed in overtime 75-71 in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals at Peters Township. The No. 10 Leopards received a prolific outing from Zion Moore, who posted a game-high 38 points. However, it was the duo of Rodney Gallagher and Keondre DeShields who accounted for nearly all of the offense down the stretch for the second-seeded Mustangs, as DeShields netted 33 points, and Gallagher notched 29 points, including eight points in the final three possessions of regulation for LH. Belle Vernon Area led by double digits at the half, and carried a 38-25 advantage into the fourth stanza. In the waning seconds of the quarter, though, Gallagher hit a three, the Mustangs forced a turnover, and Gallagher was fouled on a 3-pointer, subsequently hitting the trio of foul shots. Although Trevor Kovatch hit two free throws to put BVA back in front 57-55, Gallagher’s layup sent the game to OT, where he and DeShields combined for 15 more points. Leopards standout Quinton Martin tallied 11 points, but he fouled out in the fourth quarter and was also assessed a technical in overtime. Despite the loss, the Leopards can still secure a PIAA berth, as they’ll battle Uniontown Area in a consolation matchup on Saturday.

Neshannock 53 Yough 49 (3A)

Yough’s trademark defense was unable to slow down Neshannock in the second half of the WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinals clash, as the second-seeded Lancers edged the No. 7 Cougars 53-49 at North Hills High School. The setback snapped Yough’s 11-game winning streak. Terek Crosby netted a team-high 20 points for the Cougars, while Austin Matthews tallied 19 points. The Lancers held a 15-12 lead after a low-scoring opening half, but Neshannock’s Jack Glies exploded for 22 points after the intermission, finishing with 27 points. The Lancers sealed the victory at the charity stripe in the fourth, hitting all 10 of their foul shots. While their WPIAL title aspirations are gone, the Cougars can still advance to the state playoffs, as they’ll battle Shady Side Academy in a consolation tilt on Saturday.

WPIAL boys basketball first round playoff results from Tuesday, February 21st:

Greensburg Central Catholic 65 Propel Braddock Hills 45 (2A)

No. 4 Greensburg Central Catholic used a big third quarter to pull away from No. 13 Propel Braddock Hills and secure a 65-45 victory in the first round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs at Penn-Trafford High School. The Centurions were ahead 28-18 at halftime but outscored Propel 33-13 in the third quarter to seal the win. Tyree Turner tallied 22 points and Franko Alvarez finished with 21 to lead GCC (16-5) while Samir Crosby added 10 points. Giontae Clemmons put in a game-high 23 points for the Lions (10-13). Greensburg Central Catholic will face fifth-seeded Eden Christian in the quarterfinals on Friday at a site and time to be determined. The Warriors (17-5) topped Burgettstown 66-43 on Monday.

Northgate 89 Jeannette 65 (2A)

No. 11 Jeannette didn't have an answer for Northgate's high powered offense, losing a 89-65 WPIAL Class 2A first round game at Northgate High School. The Jayhawks trailed by only eight points at halftime but allowed the sixth-seeded Flames to outscore them 53-37 in the second half. Isaiah Mallich's 18 points powered Jeannette (13-8). Shane Mickens added 18 points and Noah Sanders came in with 10. Steve Goetz racked up a game-best 35 points for Northgate (17-6) which will play third-seeded Fort Cherry on Friday.

WPIAL boys basketball first round playoff results from Monday, February 20th:

Belle Vernon 81 Quaker Valley 55 (4A)

Zion Moore exploded for 32 points in leading Belle Vernon Area to an 81-55 triumph at Quaker Valley in the Class 4A first round. The 10th-seeded Leopards also received 15 points from Quinton Martin, while Trevor Kovatch added 13 points. The seventh-seeded Quakers, who won the WPIAL Class 4A title last season, were paced by Joseph Coyle’s 20 points. With the victory, BVA advances to the quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Laurel Highlands on Thursday. The Mustangs cruised to a 69-45 victory against Freeport Area on Monday, and they won both regular-season meetings against section foe Belle Vernon Area.

Yough 46 Burrell 26 (3A)

Propelled by an airtight defensive effort, homestanding Yough defeated Burrell 46-26 in the WPIAL Class 3A first round matchup. The No. 7 Cougars, who allowed just seven points in the first half, were paced by Terek Crosby, who scored a game-high 15 points. Parker Rost added 13 points for Yough, which claimed its first postseason win since 2005. Burrell, the No. 10 seed, played without leading scorer Macky Bennis, who was sidelined with an injury. As a result, Tucker Bitar led the Buccaneers with 11 points. Yough advances to the quarterfinals to play second-seeded Neshannock on Thursday. The Lancers defeated Keystone Oaks 56-43 on Monday. Burrell, meanwhile, concludes the campaign with a mark of 13-10.

Mohawk 66 Derry Area 56 (3A)

Despite a fourth-quarter surge, Derry Area came up short in a 66-56 loss at Mohawk in the WPIAL Class 3A first-round tilt. The No. 13 Trojans, who trimmed the deficit to two points in the final stanza, were led by Gabe Carbonara's 21 points. Brady Angus and Ashton Beighley also scored in double figures for DA, each producing 10 points. Conversely, Bobby Fadden produced a game-high 32 points for the fourth-seeded Warriors. While Mohawk moves on to the quarterfinals on Thursday to face Deer Lakes, the Trojans’ season ends with a record of 11-10.

WPIAL boys basketball first round playoff results from Friday, February 17th:

North Hills 76 Kiski Area 71 (5A)

Peters Township 66 Penn-Trafford 55 (5A)