Jeannette evens score with playoff victory over Aliquippa
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Jeannette's football season ended with an embarrassing loss to Aliquippa in November.
The Jayhawks returned the favor on the basketball court in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs at Baldwin.
Julian Batts scored 20 points, and Jordan Edmunds added 18 to lead Jeannette (18-4) a convincing 71-44 victory over Aliquippa (10-14). Aliquippa won, 55-0, on the gridiron.
“We were embarrassed on the football field, so this is a little payback,” Edmunds said. “We executed well, and I'm happy with the victory.”
Jeannette coach Adrian Batts said this is the fourth consecutive win by his team over Aliquippa in basketball.
“I was a little afraid of them because they are so athletic,” Adrian Batts said. “I knew Aliquippa wouldn't quit.”
But Aliquippa's problems were many. They made only 16 of 60 shots, were outrebounded, 52-28, and turned the ball over 20 times.
Seth Miller, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, helped stake Jeannette to a 6-0 lead with a dunk and a follow.
Jeannette led, 12-10, after one quarter.
“The one thing I told the team before the game was to contain Miller,” Aliquippa coach Bobby Williams said. “We just couldn't finish. I never expected this; we're better than that.”
Jeannette pushed the lead to 26-12 midway through the second quarter, but a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Chuck Humphries cut the Jeannette lead to 28-18 at halftime.
But Jeannette wouldn't let Aliquippa keep the momentum. The Jayhawks pushed their lead to 40-20 to open the third quarter. Aliquippa embarked on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 40-30, but Julian Batts hit back-to-back shots to extend the lead to 44-30.
Miles Sunder had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Jeannette. Duke Brown had 10 rebounds, and Julian Batts had four steals and eight rebounds.
“Seth and Jordan played great,” Adrian Batts said. “We did a good job protecting the ball and rebounding. I thought we defended well.”
Jeannette will play Apollo-Ridge, which upset No. 5 Sto-Rox, 56-52, on Saturday.
Malik Stewart led Aliquippa with 13 points.
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