USC rebounds to beat Lebo

Published Feb 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm (Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm)
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Upper St. Clair overcame a 12-point deficit and defeated Mt. Lebanon in the Section 4-AAAA boys’ basketball finale.

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With the triumph the Panthers completed league play with a 13-1 slate. With an 18-3 overall mark, they solidified their hold on a possible No. 2 seed in the WPIAL tournament, behind undefeated New Castle.

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Despite the defeat, Lebo clinched a post-season berth with its 7-7 section mark. The Blue Devils are 10-12 overall.

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Thanks to five, 3-point field goals, Lebo streaked to a 28-16 advantage before USC closed the gap by halftime, 28-23. The Panthers completed a 12-point run to tie the contest on Pete Coughlin’s trey with 6:37 to play in the third quarter. After Jordan Grabowski dished off to John Duffy for a bucket, USC assumed its first lead in the contest, 30-28, with 5:23 left in the third.

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USC, which knocked down four triples in the first half, finished with seven buckets from beyond the arc as did the Blue Devils. All three, second-half shots occurred during USC’s third-quarter uprising.

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Tyler Roth scored all five of Lebo’s third-quarter points as he pulled the Blue Devils even, 32-32. Roth led all scorers with 17 tallies.

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Justin David gave the Blue Devils their last lead, 37-36, before USC went on a seven-point run to vault ahead for good. Will Ross and Grabowski converted free throws while Conn drained an inside bucket. After Roth buried a 3-pointer to pull Lebo to within 43-40 with 1:48 to play, Coughlin scored a lay-up off the Blue Devils’ press. From there, USC sealed the game at the charity stripe. Conn and Joel Klein converted both ends of 1-and-1 situations in the final 20.9.

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Conn led USC with 12 tallies. He knocked down a three that gave the Panthers a 30-25 edge. Klein and Grabowski followed with 11 points apiece and Coughlin supplied seven markers.

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Max Li contributed seven points to Lebo loss. David and his brother, Jonny, each tossed in six points for the Blue Devils.

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Before the WPIAL steering committee announces playoff pairings Feb. 12, USC will battle Chartiers Valley in a non-section game to complete regular season play on Feb. 11.

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The Colts claimed the Section 5-AAA title with a win over South Fayette. CV finished 11-1 in that league. The Colts, like USC, is ranked No. 2 in their division.

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In other action, Canon-McMillan clinched a playoff spot with its 62-49 victory over Peters Township. The Big Macs finished fourth in Section 4-AAAA with a 6-8 record. They are 10-12 overall.

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The loss eliminated the Indians from playoff contention. They finished 5-9 in Section 4-AAAA.

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