Brentwood hoopsters to open season in annual tip-off tournament
The annual Brentwood High Boosters' tip-off basketball tournament will be held Dec. 7 and 8 at the high school and middle school gyms.
Four boys' teams — Brentwood, Carrick, South Park and Steel Valley — will vie for the tournament championship; as will four girls' teams — Brentwood, Carrick, Avonworth and Brashear.
The tournament schedule is as follows:
• 6 p.m. — South Park vs. Steel Valley (boys); middle school gym.
• 6 p.m. — Brentwood vs. Carrick (girls); high school gym.
• 8 p.m. — Brentwood vs. Carrick (boys); high school gym.
• 8 p.m. — Avonworth vs. Brashear (girls); middle school gym.
(All games will take place at the high school gym).
• 1 p.m. — Girls' consolation game.
• 3 p.m. — Boys' consolation game.
• 5 p.m. — Girls' championship game.
• 7 p.m. — Boys' championship game.
Tickets will be sold at the door at a cost of $5 for adults, and $3 for students.
In a review of last year's Brentwood High Boosters' tip-off tournament, the host Brentwood teams finished second in both the boys' and girls' divisions.
The Spartans lost a gut-wrenching 46-44 decision to Meadville in the boys' championship game.
The Lady Spartans fell to Avonworth by a 54-19 score in the girls' title contest.
Avonworth has won the girls' division championship trophy for eight consecutive seasons.
The Lady Antelopes were led last year by 5-foot-9 senior forward Lauren Mayernik, who was was named the girls' tournament's most valuable player.
Mayernik poured in 35 points in the championship game, and ended up with 57 points in the two-day tournament.
The boys' championship contest was one for the ages.
Brentwood, which trailed at halftime, 30-14, engineered a valiant comeback in the fourth quarter only to lose on a desperate, last-second shot by Meadville guard Artrel Foster.
Foster, who finished with a team-high 15 points, was named the boys' tournament most valuable player.
Jason Pilarski, a 6-foot senior guard this season, sparked Brentwood at the start of the second half, as the Spartans were able to narrow a 16-point deficit to 12 by the end of the third quarter.
It was a total team effort in the final eight minutes, as the local squad held the visitors scoreless until the last second of the contest.
Mike Kish, now a 6-5 senior center, ignited Brentwood's charge with an easy basket in the opening seconds of the fourth stanza.
The Spartans went on a scintilating 12-0 run, whittling the gap with tight man-to-man defensive pressure.
Forward Sean O'Brien, Pilarski and guard Tyler Kraska converted free throws for the local squad to make it a 44-38 score with 2:50 remaining in the game.
Forward Trevor Wosko, off a steal, scored on a fast break at the 2:00 mark; and Kish, thanks to a deft pass by Pilarski, scored a minute later to close the Bulldogs' lead to two points.
O'Brien finally knotted the score at 44-44 with 34 seconds left.
Meadville regained possession, then held the ball for the last shot in regulation time.
Zak Price, a junior point guard, attempted a long 3-pointer, only to have the ball bounce high off the rim to Foster, who franctically tossed up an off-balanced 12-foot attempt.
It went in.
Foster was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Jacob Gregor, a sophomore forward who tossed in 13 points — including four treys — versus Brentwood.
Pilarski, who scored 14 points in last year's title game, and O'Brien, who added 9 points, represented the Spartans on the all-tournament team.
Brentwood also was represented by two players on the girls' all-tournament team — Meghan Gildea, a junior guard last year, and Zenna Page, a senior last year.
Gildea registered 23 points against Carrick, followed by a 12-point effort versus Avonworth. Gildea gunned in nine treys in the two contests.
Avonworth was led by the Mayernik sisters in the two-day tournament.
Mackenzie Mayernik, a 5-11 sophomore center in 2011-12, joined her older sister on the all-tournament team.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.