Gateway's D.J. Boyce helps Quad-A team to all-star win
With some of the best high school basketball players on the same court in the same game, a lot of points are expected to be scored.
That often is the case in the large-school boys all-star game at the annual Roundball Classic at Geneva College's Matheny Fieldhouse.
Saturday's game between senior standouts from Quad-A and Class AAA was no exception.
The Quad-A team, with Gateway senior D.J. Boyce on the roster, scored 134 points and defeated the Class AAA stars, 134-113.
“It was a lot of fun to play with some of the best players in Quad-A and against some of the best players in AAA,” Boyce said.
“For it being my last high school game ever, it was well worth it.”
Five players scored in double figures for the Quad-A team, led by Quad-A MVP David Urso from Pittsburgh Central Catholic. He scored a team-best 19 points.
Seneca Valley's Easton Bazzoli added 18, while North Allegheny's Sean Hennigan tallied 16.
New Castle's Brandon Domenick and Mt. Lebanon's Tyler Roth each scored 12.
Boyce scored nine points in the game, provided assists on field goals and pulled down a couple of rebounds.
He said it wasn't hard to play well as a team despite limited practice time leading up to the game.
“It was easy to get into a groove because these are some of the best players in the WPIAL,” Boyce said.
“They know how to play the game. The only thing (Quad-A head coach Ralph Blundo from New Castle) said was to play good defense. Offensively, everyone was making plays, shooting the ball well and cutting to the basket.”
Boyce said he had a good time being on the same side as coach Blundo, as well as Domenick and New Castle seniors Shawn Anderson and Antonio Rudolph.
The Red Hurricanes eliminated Gateway from both the 2013 WPIAL and PIAA playoffs. New Castle won the WPIAL Quad-A title and made it to the PIAA semifinals.
“Their players and (coach Ralph Blundo) are really cool guys,” Boyce said. “We talked a lot about the two playoff games, and I joked around with them about how they ended my high school career and two playoff runs for the team. They are really good basketball players.”
Boyce said the atmosphere on Saturday at Geneva College was great.
“I give a lot of credit to the organizers for helping us feel like superstars for a night,” Boyce said.
“A lot of people were there, and that helped heighten our games a lot.”
Beaver's Aaron Barlow led the Class AAA team with 19 points and was named AAA MVP.
Boyce said he has taken a few visits to some Division II and III schools but hasn't made a decision on where he will continue his basketball and academic pursuits.
“I feel like I have to make smart decision — to be comfortable with everything,” he said.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388- 5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.