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High school boys basketball roundup: Casson lifts Chartiers Valley to PIAA first-round win

| Friday, March 8, 2013, 10:09 p.m.
Chartiers Valley's Spencer Casson dunks over Erie Strong Ryan Hatkevich during the PIAA Class AAA playoff game at Baldwin High School on Friday March 8, 2013. Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review

Chartiers Valley used a strong third quarter to wear down Erie Strong Vincent with its defense in Friday's 71-54 victory in the first-round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs.

“We thought we could maybe wear them down and get turnovers,” Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell said, “and I think happened in the second half. They started to get tired.”

Spencer Casson scored 22 points for Chartiers Valley (23-4), which will face District 6 champion Johnstown in the second round Tuesday at site and time to be determined.

Beaver 60, Bradford 46 — Austin Logan scored 20 points, including 11 in the third quarter, as Beaver (20-4) won a PIAA first-round game at Pitt-Bradford. Corey Nesmith added 17 points for the Bobcats, who will play District 10 champ General McClane in the second round.

General McLane 67, Thomas Jefferson 42 — Led by Jaymon Mason's 32 points, District 10 champion General McLane rolled to a PIAA first-round win at Edinboro. Eric Fairman had nine points for TJ (17-8).

Girard 66, Mars 62 — Mars ended its season 21-5 after falling in the PIAA first round at Gannon.

Class A

Clairton 76, Cochranton 48 — Bryon Clifford scored 25 points, as Clairton (17-7) won a PIAA first-round game at Plum. Titus Howard added 17, and Tyler Boyd scored 15 for the Bears, who will play Smethport (23-3) on Tuesday.

Lincoln Park 54, Kennedy Catholic 45 — Elijah Minnie had 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead Lincoln Park (20-6) to a PIAA first-round win at Farrell. Lincoln Park will play District 9 runner-up Ridgway (23-4) on Tuesday.

Shade 75, North Catholic 47 — District 5 champ Shade (26-1) jumped out to a 37-18 halftime lead and rolled to a PIAA first-round victory at UPJ.

Vincentian 82, North Clarion 47 — Tony DiNardo had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals to lead WPIAL champion Vincentian to a PIAA first-round win at North Hills.

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