Montour wins 2nd WPIAL Class AAA title in 3 years
By Chris Harlan
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013, 10:57 p.m.
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Montour's Kevin Scuilli made two 3-pointers a minute apart in Friday night's come-from-behind 47-40 victory over Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL Class AAA championship — fourth-quarter shots that highlighted the Spartans' furious rally.
Devin Wilson scored 19 points for No. 3 Montour (21-4), including three baskets that fueled a 12-2 third-quarter run. The senior point guard also had four free throws that secured the Spartans their second title in three seasons.
But Scuilli's six points were just as important.
His first 3-pointer broke a 36-36 tie. The second, with 1:43 left, gave Montour a 43-38 lead that it never lost. The senior has 262 career 3-pointers, including a game-winner against South Fayette two seasons ago.
“I know he's made a big volume of them, but he hits big ones in big moments,” Montour coach Adam Kaufman said. “He doesn't succumb to the pressure. He just works at it and that's why he's successful.”
But the outcome was still in doubt.
No. 1 Chartiers Valley (22-4) twice had possession in the final minute down three points, but two turnovers kept the Colts from attempting a game-tying shot. On the first, Matty McConnell made a steal and then had it stolen by Montour's Justin Hill a split second later.
On the second, Michael Boulos' pass sailed past Andreo Coury.
Wilson and Dustin Sleva each missed the first of one-and-one free throws in the final minute and Hill missed two that could have secured the victory earlier.
“Toward the end it was like no one wanted to win the game,” Kaufman said. “But we were fortunate and got stops when we needed to and hit free throws at the end.”
They also found an answer for Spencer Casson. The 6-foot-6 senior scored 10 of Chartiers Valley's first 15 points, including two dunks. He scored 16 points but only two came in the second half. Casson was held scoreless in the third, allowing Montour to rally.
Rivals from Section 5, Chartiers Valley and Montour split their regular-season series, with each winning on its home court. Chartiers Valley won, 75-62 on Jan. 4.
Chris Harlan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.
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