High school roundup: East Allegheny boys close in on playoff spot
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East Allegheny's boys basketball team hasn't qualified for the WPIAL playoffs since 1997.
That can change within the next week, especially after Friday's 73-58 Section 4-AAA win over Ringgold.
East Allegheny moved into a third-place tie with Steel Valley. The two teams meet Friday with the winner qualifying for the playoffs.
EA broke open a tight game by outscoring Ringgold, 39-24, in the decisive second half.
Jordan William scored 22, Joel Randolph 21, Shawn Adair 13 and Malik Pope 11 for East Allegheny (10-9, 5-5).
Clairton 77, Avella 36 — Clairton inched closer to claiming at least a piece of the Section 3-A title with an easy home win over Avella (2-16, 0-8). Bryon Clifford scored 20 and Damond Flowers 12 for the Bears (11-5, 8-0). A win over visiting Geibel Tuesday will give Clairton at least a share of the section championship.
Franklin Regional 60, McKeesport 50 — McKeesport (12-6, 8-4) fell into fourth place in Section 2-AAAA with a road loss at Franklin Regional (10-10, 4-8). Four Panthers scored in double figures led by George Brown's 12. Jamie Grayson led McKeesport with 11.
Thomas Jefferson 63, Belle Vernon 38 — Thomas Jefferson had little problem with Belle Vernon in a Section 4-AAA game. Joe Carroll scored 16 and Chase Winovich 10 for the Jaguars (14-6, 10-0).
Norwin 54, Albert Gallatin 17 — Norwin (9-9, 6-4) led, 20-0, after the first quarter en route to an easy Section 1-AAAA win. Zach Bryan was the high scorer for Norwin with eight points.
Shady Side Academy 73, Serra Catholic 48 — Shady Side Academy (8-12, 6-5) climbed within a half game of Serra Catholic (13-5, 6-4) in Section 3-AA with the upset win. Asron Horne led Shady Side Academy with 21, while George Prota paced Serra with 16.
South Allegheny 48, Riverview 34 — Kordell Thompson and Derrick Vargo scored 12 points apiece for South Allegheny in a Section 3-AA win over Riverview. South Allegheny (7-13, 3-7) outscored Riverview, 26-15, in the second half to pull away. Shane Scott, Jason Anthony, and Nick DiBucci all scored eight points apiece for the Raiders (5-14, 2-9).
Franklin Regional 56, McKeesport 40 — McKeesport (6-13, 0-10) lost its eighth straight game to stay winless in Section 2-AAAA with a loss at Franklin Regional (9-10, 4-6). T.T. Burke led McKeesport with 18, and teammate Kasey Dansak added 12.
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