• Brentaro Yamane

12-28-19 WPIAL Boys Basketball Key Notes

Jackson Faulk (20) attempts to make a layup during a high school basketball game.

SOURCE: Jackson Faulk (HUDL)

After losing to Lincoln Park last night, Butler lost again tonight to Beaver Falls by a score of 74-70. The Golden Tornadoes have lost their third straight game and you just have to wonder what is going on with one of the most highly expected team to win in WPIAL 6A in Butler?

After losing to New Castle last night, Central Catholic bounced back tonight by beating Nazareth Prep by a score of 85-60. Ben Sarson scored 16 points for the Vikings as the team's overall record is 6-3. So far, this season has been great for the Vikings. Last season, Central Catholic's overall record was 5-17. They already have more wins this year than they did all of last year.

Brayden Reynolds led the Colts to their fifth straight win as they defeated North Hills by a score of 61-53. Reynolds scored 20 points while Sophomore Anthony Mackey scored 15 points for the Colts.

Kyle Polce scored 23 for Pine-Richland as they defeated Aliquippa by a score of 71-34. At the end of the first quarter, the Quips were actually leading 10-9. Aliquippa's star football player and Penn State football recruit, Zuriah Fisher scored 13 points in this game.

Marquell Smith scored 24 points for Monessen in a 69-49 loss over Peters Township. This is the fifth straight win for Peters.

This year, Upper St. Clair defeated South Fayette in football. Today, Upper St. Clair defeated South Fayette in Boys basketball. Panther players, Andrew Casey and Luke Gensler both scored 17 points in the win. For the Lions, Brandon Jakiela scored 15 points while Connor Mislan scored 19 points.

Logan Summerhill continues to score points and make plays for Franklin Regional's Boys basketball team. However, the Panthers have had a tough time winning games as they lost again today to Norwin by a score of 49-46. Summerhill scored 14 points in the game. The Panthers have lost their third straight game and have lost six out of the past seven games. Norwin's record improved to 8-1 after this win.

Marcus McCarthy scored 24 points for Hempfield in a 60-54 win over Greensburg Salem.

Deamontae Diggs can catch a football and shoot a basketball. Diggs scored 17 points for McKeesport in a 49-47 win over Penn-Trafford. McKeesport were underdogs going into this game and they made a lot of noise today.

Rodney Gallagher scored 14 points for Laurel Highlands as his team won today against Bishop Guilfoyle by a score of 56-47. The Mustangs have won back-to-back games in back-to-back days as the win against Bishop Guilfoyle won them first place in the Greensburg Salem Tournament.

Isiah Warfield's Central Valley Warriors defeated Montour today by a score of 60-56. That is the third win of the year for Central Valley.

Today, West Allegheny shocked the WPIAL world as they defeated Quaker Valley by a score of 92-82. Senior Jackson Faulk led the way for West Allegheny with 24 points in the road win. Even though Quaker basketball players, K.C. Johns and Marcus Frank both scored at least 23 points, it was not enough to beat the Indians.

Elizabeth Forward defeated West Mifflin by a score of 54-33. In this game, the only time West Mifflin scored at least in double digits in a quarter was in the third quarter when they scored 10 points.

Freeport defeated Kiski by a score of 82-79 in a thrilling game between two basketball teams that the media does not give much attention too.

Mike Tomlin's son, Mason Tomlin, scored 17 points in a 68-66 overtime win against Plum. The Indians outscored the Mustangs 14-12 in overtime. Connor Moss scored 35 points for Plum in the game, but his amazing scoring performance did not help the Mustangs win.

Shaler Titan, Mekhi Reynolds, continues to ball out as he scored 23 points in a 66-65 win over Sto-Rox. I keep telling people that Reynolds is "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Boys Fab 5" material. This was the third straight loss for Sto-Rox.

Brentwood continues to stay undefeated as they won their eighth straight game today. They defeated Hopewell by a score of 54-47 as Zach Keib scored 31 points for the Spartans.

Fort Cherry kept Propel Montour winless today. The Rangers defeated Propel Montour by a score of 61-33. PM's record is now 0-8 overall.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart defeated Deer Lakes by a score of 80-42. The Chargers stay undefeated as their overall record is 8-0. Jake DiMichele scored 32 points while Dante Spadafora scored 20 points for the Chargers. Jack Hollibaugh scored 16 points for Deer Lakes in the game.

Antonio Epps continues to score points for South Allegheny. He scored 27 points in a 61-55 loss against Shenango. Yes, Epps had a great game, but his team fell short. This was the first loss of the season for South Allegheny as their overall record is now 8-1. Shenango's record improves to 9-2 after the win.

Tim Murray's Burgettstown Boys basketball team defeated Avonworth by a score of 61-54. This is the second straight win for Burgettstown. The win over Avonworth today earned them first place in the Avella Tournament.

Brentaro Yamane: bythebossandgoat@gmail.com and Twitter @BYHilton13


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