GCC earns 4th section title
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The consensus is these two could meet again this season.
In what amounted to a serious WPIAL playoff atmosphere, top-ranked Greensburg Central Catholic clinched a fourth consecutive section title by beating No. 3 Jeannette, 52-45, on Friday night in the Section 3-AA finale for both teams.
“I don't doubt we'll see them again. Maybe twice,” GCC coach Greg Bisignani said of Jeannette.
“I really think we'll see (GCC) again,” Jeannette coach Adrian Batts said.
Both teams are highly ranked not only in the WPIAL by Trib Total Media, but also in a state poll conducted by the Patriot-News of Harrisburg. GCC sits at No. 2, and Jeannette is at No. 3, both trailing only defending WPIAL champion Beaver Falls.
Zach Herman scored 19 points, and Collin Bisignani added a career-high 16 to lead GCC, which completed a regular-season sweep of its two games against Jeannette.
Bisignani, a 6-foot-7 junior and the coach's son, scored on a variety of baskets in close and produced several key blocks, including one against Jeannette point guard Julian Batts with 47 seconds left that helped to seal the outcome.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” Collin Bisignani said. “I just got my hands in the passing lane, and he wasn't able to get his shot off, so he tried to pass it, and I got my hands on it.”
GCC (20-1, 12-0) used a deeper bench to wear down Jeannette (18-3, 10-2), getting to the foul line seemingly at will. The Centurions shot 17 for 23 compared to just 2 for 4 for Jeannette.
“We weren't able to get to the 1-and-1 in either half,” Adrian Batts said. “I don't understand it. They played man-to-man the whole game, and we're pretty athletic ourselves. So I just don't understand it. Central is a very good team.”
The two schools have developed quite a rivalry, and it was never more evident than with the overflow crowd at GCC's tiny gymnasium. As one onlooker loudly remarked while fans were in the midst of one of their frenzies: “This place was built in 1959. There's a lot of history here.”
GCC claimed its fourth section title in a row one night after its girls team was beaten by Jeannette at the same venue by a single point, likewise giving the Jayhawks their fourth consecutive section title.
“This is a tough place to play,” Batts said.
Early on, Jeannette managed to overcome the place, jumping to a 7-1 lead. The Jayhawks stayed in front until finally falling behind in the second quarter, though the teams played fairly even throughout.
GCC managed to take a 26-24 advantage at halftime after Herman converted two free throws. The Centurions never trailed again, though Jordan Edmunds' layup pulled Jeannette within one point, 38-37, after three quarters.
Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 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.
- Plum’s Zezza realizes Division I dream
- Gateway hires Freedman as boys basketball coach
- Steel Valley tabs Schifino as new boys basketball coach