CV boys on top in section
Chartiers Valley weathered a 13-point uprising by C.J. Rudisill and slipped past South Fayette, 50-46, in a critical battle between two unbeaten Section 5-AAA clubs in WPIAL boys’ basketball.
Rudisill finished with a team-high 15 points, all in the second half as the Lions closed a 30-23 halftime and tied the contest, 39-39, by third-quarter’s end.
Three quick buckets by Michael Boulos, Spencer Casson and Matty McConnell provided the Colts with a comfortable lead, 45-39, before the frenetic final minutes of the fourth quarter.
Boulos led the all scorers with 19 points, including the go-ahead bucket to start the final frame.
“(Michael) was unbelievable,” said CV floor boss Tim McConnell. “He’s our go-to guy. He’s sneaky quick, super athletic. He can shoot it and he knows how to get the ball to the basket.”
While Casson and McConnell both finished in double figures with 13 and 10 tallies respectively, it was Haedyn Herzer who knew how to stop the Lions and their top scoring threat. Evan Bonnaure came into the contest averaging more than 20 points per game. The senior guard finished with six markers, none from 3-point range, his speciality shot.
“Haedyn did a great job and didn’t let (Evan) get comfortable and we did a fantastic job, too, getting through the picks and staying on him when they tried to do things to get him free.
“They made some really good adjustments in the third quarter and Rudisill opened up, but we shut down Bonnaure and that was key for us.”
The victory was key for the Colts because it boosted them into sole possession of first place in the section standings. In addition to being 6-0 in the division, the Colts are 12-1 overall. The Lions fell to 5-1 in the league and 9-3 overall.
“We are in the front seat right now and everybody is behind us,” McConnell said. “This is where we want to stay. We need to take care of business.”
The disappointed Lions hope to take care of business when they host CV in the rematch set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.
“This was a weird game,” said Rich Bonnaure as he endured watching his team’s 4-of-31 shooting performance from beyond the arc. “We knew what they would try to do, but we thought our length would trouble them and it did. They did a good job on defense and we didn’t shoot well in the game.
“But, we’re only halfway through. Fortunately, we get them again at home.”
After a slow start by both teams, CV edged ahead, 14-13, in the first frame before opening up the seven-point advantage heading into the locker room at halftime. The closest SF came to the Colts in the fourth quarter was when Zach Challingsworth cut the lead to 45-43 with 3:46 left to play.
A pair of free throws by Dom Castello and a single foul shot by Herzer iced the Lions in the waning minutes.