| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Perz scores game-high 33 to lift Norwin past Monessen

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Top high school sports
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 10:48 p.m.

Two different opinions came out of Tuesday's nonsection game between Norwin and Monessen at the annual Mike Rettger Memorial Basketball Tournament at Franklin Regional.

Norwin outscored Monessen, 10-3, over the final four minutes to pull out a 68-63 victory in a game that featured mixed reviews from the coaches.

Norwin coach Lynn Washowich, while happy with the win, was not pleased with the way his team play defensively in the first half and offensively in the second half.

“The object is to win, and I was pleased with our composure down the stretch,” he said. “We were upset with their lack of willingness to play defense in the first half. They weren't doing the little things they were taught.”

Monessen coach Joe Salvino, however, saw some positives from his team's effort.

“I was proud that we never quit,” he said. “We had a chance to win but we let it go. We made a couple mistakes and missed a couple shots down the stretch.

“It was a better effort, in fact, the best effort of the season.”

Norwin (2-1) will play Franklin Regional at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the championship game, while Monessen (0-3) will meet Westinghouse at 6 p.m.

Norwin raced out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter and led 37-29 at halftime.

Norwin opened up a 44-31 lead early in the third quarter, but Monessen began to control the tempo and went on a 10-0 run to get back in the game.

Monessen and led 53-52 after three quarters thanks to the play of Lavalle Rush (16 points) and Javon Brown (16). They combined for 16 points in the third quarter.

“We got up 13 and then didn't get off a shot for six consecutive possessions,” Washowich said.

“We were out of control offensively. We need to slow things down.”

The fourth quarter turned into a battle between Norwin's Curtis Perz and Monessen's Clintell Gillaspie.

Perz, who finished with a game-high 33 points, scored 10 points in the final quarter. Perz scored the Knights' first eight points of the final quarter.

Gillaspie, who ended up with a team-high 22 points, had seven points in the quarter.

But it was a defensive change by Norwin, switching from a man-to-man to a 3-2 zone, that slowed down Monessen's offense.

“We just didn't make a couple outside shots,” Salvino said. “They took away our penetration.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Basketball

  1. High school notebook: Apollo-Ridge’s Tipton named conference dual-award winner
  2. After struggling in Class AA, Serra boys basketball welcomes move down classificiation
  3. Kiski Area boys ready for encore
  4. Class AAAA girls basketball preview: Penn-Trafford welcomes doubters as it begins WPIAL title defense
  5. Kiski Area girls brace for rough season
  6. Despite youth, Serra girls basketball team remains optimistic for postseason
  7. Fox Chapel girls prepare for life without state’s player of the year
  8. Norwin boys basketball looks to use fast pace, deep bench
  9. Shady Side boys seek return to postseason
  10. Southmoreland girls hoops team optimistic
  11. Keystone Oaks boys hoops coach focused on changing program’s culture
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.