Boys’ basketball roundup
Among Bethel Park’s giants, Wyatt Hagerty at 6-foot-11, Ken Gilmore at 6-4 and Cody Gilchrist at 6-2, Rohan Young stood tallest against Peters Township during a critical Section 4-AAAA clash.
The diminutive guard, he’s generously listed at 5-9 on the roster, slayed the Indians with one shot. After a frenetic comeback from a six-point deficit, 59-53, with 1:59 to play, Young buried a jumper that found nothing but net and edged PT, 61-59, in overtime.
“Rohan gets it,” said BP head coach Ben O’Connor. “He’s a senior leader and he made a senior play.
“We told him that he’d get a shot to win it. Give him credit. He has ice in his veins. He made the play when we needed.”
The humble Young, however, credited his teammates, especially Gilchrist and Hagerty, for keeping the Hawks in the contest until his heroics. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had a chance,” he said.
While Young finished with nine points, Hagerty and Gilchrist played consistently throughout the contest.
Hagerty exploded for 24 points, 14 in the second half including four in the extra frame. He pulled down 15 rebounds.
Gilchrist pumped in 20 points, 12 in the final 20 minutes. He also grabbed six rebounds.
“With Wyatt, we tell him to keep it simple. We throw the ball high and he needs to keep it high,” O’Connor said. “A lot of teams can’t stop that height.
“Cody is a warrior,” O’Connor continued. “He makes the plays when we need them. In big games, he comes to play and he comes up big. He’s a tough kid. I want him on my side.”
O’Connor and the Hawks are also glad they have Joe Mascaro on their side. Though the point guard scored just one bucket, he registered eight assists.
For the Hawks, who returned to their confines and hosted Lebo last night, take to the road and face Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Wins at PT as well as Canon-McMillan earlier this season, have prepared the Hawks for the challenge of playing on the Hillers’ home court.
“Anytime you win on the road in this section, it’s huge,” he said. “It’s not easy to come into a hostile environment and do well.”
Despite the defeat to Bethel Park, Nick Parello and Gabe Pritz played well for the Indians, who visit Baldwin on Jan. 11.
Parello fired in 21 points, including nine in the fourth quarter. He buried three, 3-point field goals.
Pritz finished with 19 points and drew the praise of O’Connor. “Outside of my players of course,” he said, “he’s the best player in the section. He comes out and plays hard every game.”
In other Section 4-AAAA play, Mt. Lebanon prepped for its visit to Canon-McMillan on Jan. 11 with a 54-45 win over Moon.
Tyler Roth and Justin David led the Lebo offensive with 18 and 16 points respectively.
Meanwhile, the Big Macs outlasted Trinity in overtime, 59-51. The Hillers beat Lebo earlier this season.
Brett Haney topped all scorers, firing in 23 markers for the Big Macs.
Upper St. Clair, which hosts Moon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, defeated Baldwin, 60-52, on the road recently.
J.J. Coon led the Panthers with 24 tallies. Joel Klein and Jordan Grabowski followed with 14 and 11 points.
CV’s tough stretch
After beating rival Montour, 75-62, in a key Section 5-AAA game, Chartiers Valley remained undefeated and geared up for a challenging segment in its schedule.
The Colts, who visit Keystone Oaks tonight and South Park on Jan. 11, will host former Quad-A rival Mt. Lebanon at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 before hosting South Fayette at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in another key section battle. The Lions were undefeated in the league heading into last night’s fray with Montour.
The Spartans were unbeaten before visiting CV. But, they could not handle either Spencer Casson or the Colts’ outside offense.
A 6-foot-6 senior, Casson posted a triple-double against Montour. He swatted away 13 shots, grabbed 17 rebounds and tossed in 10 tallies.
Four other Colts scored in double digits. Matty McConnell led with 21 tallies. Mike Boulos fired in 19 markers while Haedyn Herzer and Dom Costello finished with 14 and 10 points respectively.
Before their clash with the Spartans, the Lions roared past Waynesburg, 77-40.
Evan Bonnaure buried four, 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 26 points. C.J. Rudisfil (13), Justin Watson (12) and Lucas Russell (10) also scored in double figures for South Fayette.
In Section 4-AA action, Bishop Canevin thumped Chartiers-Houston, 62-39.
Four players for the Crusaders scored in double digits including: Jake Seligman (19), Brennan Cahill (13), A.J. Puchany (11) and Mike Tambellini (10).
Kodie Hanley led the Buccaneers with 12 tallies.
Both Canevin and CH are on the road this Friday. The Crusaders travel to Fort Cherry and the Bucs go to Brentwood for 7:30 p.m. tipoffs on Jan. 11.
Meanwhile, Seton-La Salle hosts Burgettstown at 7:30 p.m.
The Rebels recently competed in the Cancer Research Classic held at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Dale Clancy fired in 25 points and Levi Masua tossed in 10 during an opening win versus Linsly, 63-44.
The Rebels also beat North Catholic, 56-52, in the Don Graham Classic, to run their record to 9-2 overall. They were 3-0 in the section heading into last night’s fray against Washington.