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| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

The host Brentwood Spartans lost a tough decision in the finals of the Brentwood Boosters' tournament for the second year in a row.

The local squad fell to South Park last week in the boys' tournament championship game, 51-50, after suffering a gut-wrenching 46-44 loss to Meadville in last year's title round.

Brentwood's one-two punch of seniors Mike Kish and Jason Pilarski rattled the nets for 43 points between them versus South Park.

Kish, a 6-foot-4 center, collected a game-high 22 points, while Pilarski, a 6-1 guard, was right behind with a 21-point effort.

South Park won the game on a Justin Palaschak free throw in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Palaschak is a 6-4 senior forward.

The Spartans defeated City League foe Carrick in the first round, 52-43, as Pilarski scored a game-high 21 points. Kish added 13 points.

Pilarski and Kish were named to the all-tournament team.


Also locally, the Baldwin and Seton-La Salle boys' teams both posted 1-1 marks in tournament action last week.

Baldwin topped Wilkinsburg in the North Hills tournament consolation round, 59-51, after dropping a 62-57 decision to Fox Chapel in the first round.

A.J. Greco, a 6-foot senior guard, paced the Highlanders against Wilkinsburg with a 20-point performance, and was complemented by 6-5 junior forward Arnes Bajgora's 10 points.

Bajgora and Greco connected for 13 and 11 points, respectively, versus Fox Chapel.

“Obviously, we would have liked to come away from the weekend being 2-0,” Joe Urmann, Baldwin's second-year head coach, said. “I give credit to the coaches at Fox Chapel and to their players for both of their wins (last) weekend in which they made their runs late in the game.

“We have a lot of work to do in learning to play a 32-minute game, but we're in a better place now than we were prior to this tournament.”

Greco was voted to the all-tourney team.


At the Hempfield round-robin event, Seton-La Salle clipped Greensburg Salem, 73-53, in the second round, after losing to McKeesport, 67-58, in the first round.

“We got a contribution from a number of players (against Greensburg Salem), and played with a high level of intensity in securing the victory,” Mark Walsh, the Rebels' second-year head coach, said.

“Hempfield's Field House, where we played, is a tremendous facility. We were treated very well at their shootout.”

Junior guard Dale Clancy, senior guard/forward Luke Brumbaugh and junior center Malik White led Seton-La Salle against Greensburg Salem with 17, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Levi Masua, a 6-5 junior swingman, gunned in a game-high 23 points for the Rebels against McKeesport.

“We played a tough game versus McKeesport,” Walsh said. “McKeesport was very athletic, big and strong, and is well-coached. We missed a number of shots and made some mistakes on defense that were costly.

“It was a good learning experience for our players and shed some light on some things we need to work on. We were proud of how our players kept fighting in the fourth quarter.”


Thomas Jefferson dropped two decisions in the Bethel Park tip-off tournament, losing to the host team in the first round, 59-38, and to Butler in the consolation game, 52-37.

“We have a good combination of guys that are good athletes, and a couple of guys that are true basketball players,” Dom DeCicco, TJ's veteran head coach, said, “and the level of competition in practice is as high as it has ever been.

“We hold everybody to the same standard that, even if you come off the bench, you have to make us better.”

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or

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