Fox Chapel boys post section hoops sweep
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The playoff hopes of the Fox Chapel boys basketball team soared last week as they posted two Section 2-AAAA wins.
On Jan. 22, coach Zach Skrinjar's team traveled to Murrysville to take on Franklin Regional.
The Foxes trailed by 30-29 at the half but outscored the Panthers by 15-6 in the third quarter and held on for the win.
Matt D'Amico scored 24 points to lead all scorers and Brian Papich was right behind with 22.
The Foxes returned home to face Woodland Hills on Saturday and held on for a 61-58 win.
The Foxes (13-4, 8-1) appeared to have the game in hand as they led by 32-23 at the half and 40-30 after three quarters but Woodland Hills made a run in the fourth that FC was able to withstand.
Papich scored 21 points and blocked six shots, Billy Urso added 20 and D'Amico scored 11.
“We have been playing well and we've been able to win the close games,” Skrinjar said. “We know that the playoffs are within our grasp.
“Everybody is contributing.”
Skrinjar said he was pleased to get the victory over Woodland Hills, but said the team failed to capitalize on several chanced to put the game out of reach.
“I told the team that in the future we have to have a different mentality and finish teams off when we get a 10- to 15-point lead,” Skrinjar said. “In that sense I think we need to do a better job of focusing and finishing games.”
While he said everybody is contributing, Skrinjar did mention the strong play of Urso and Papich.
“Billy did do, and has done, an excellent job all year. His stats don't always show up in the scoring column but he has been a steady point guard and leader all year.
“As far as Papich, he has really come on the last two games, both on offense and especially on defense.”
Skrinjar said Papich always has the assignment of watching the other team's best player.
Brian is always up to the challenge and, as a coach, I respect and appreciate how he approaches the game on both ends of the court,” Skrinjar said.
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