Alle-Kiski teams score upsets
Call it Pandemonium at Plum.
Plum High School's packed-to-the-rafters gymnasium was the place for thrills on Saturday afternoon as a pair of Alle-Kiski basketball teams sent shock waves through the WPIAL Class AA basketball playoff bracket with upsets.
Unseeded at the start of the playoffs, Burrell and Apollo-Ridge played giant killers, with Burrell stunning No. 2 seed Greensburg Central Catholic, 67-63 in overtime, and Apollo-Ridge clipping No. 4 Jeannette, 53-49, in a memorable quarterfinal doubleheader.
Now, it's on to the Final Four for both teams.
Burrell (18-6) made 10 3-pointers and rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime against the vaunted Centurions (22-2), who had a 14-game winning streak snapped.
Burrell advances to the semifinals for the first time since 1979. It will play Quaker Valley (20-4), which upset No. 3 Seton-La Salle.
“We knew we could beat them — we didn't want this season to be done,” Burrell senior guard Alex White said.
Apollo-Ridge (18-7) rallied from a 24-6 first-quarter deficit to down Jeannette (18-5) and reach the semifinals for the first time since 1988.
A highlight was a near-halfcourt buzzer beater by sophomore guard Tre Tipton at the end of the third quarter.
“This is amazing,” Tipton said. “I am blown out of the water right now.”
Apollo-Ridge also knocked off the No. 5 seed, Sto-Rox, in the first round. The Vikings move on to play No. 1 Beaver Falls (21-3) in the semis.
“This has been a blast,” Apollo-Ridge coach Matt Gourley said. “Hopefully, we can keep it rolling.”
Burrell and Apollo-Ridge are from the same Section (1-AA), considered by some to be less strong than others at the start of the playoffs.
“Section 1's not so bad now, is it?” Burrell coach Rob Niederberger said. “We can play some, too.”
With the wins, Burrell and Apollo-Ridge both secured spots in the PIAA state playoffs.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total media. He can be reached at 724-224-4689 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- September, the new summer? Warm, dry weather expected
- Emlenton woman killed in Jefferson Twp. crash
- ATI continues to produce, ship products
- Sylvan Pool plans to remain open extra week
- New Kensington police seek shooting suspect
- Steelworkers: ATI talks to resume Sept. 11
- Butler organization seeks answers for unexplained phenomena
- Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional rank top schools on Niche.com website
- Lockout takes hold; ATI union workers expecting ‘long battle’
- ‘Banshee’ props, inventory up for sale
- Steelworkers scoff at ATI earnings claim