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Monessen falters late, 68-63

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
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Monessen's Javon Brown goes up for a layup against Norwin's Logan Deri, left and Curtis Perz, right on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Franklin Regional High School.
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Monessen's Javon Brown reacts after he committed a foul on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Franklin Regional High School.
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Monessen coach Joe Salvino, shown complaining to the referee about a call against his team during a game against Norwin earlier this season, was much more calm and pleased Tuesday night.
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Norwin's Logan Deri (center) battles Monessen's Tyler Yuille for a loose ball on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Franklin Regional High School.
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Norwin's Alexander Hass rebounds the ball against Monessen's Kayne Jackson on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Franklin Regional High School.
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Monessen's Lavalle Rush catches a rebound against Norwin's Zach Bryan on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Franklin Regional High School.

The Monessen Greyhounds couldn't hold on against their Class AAAA foe Norwin in the Annual Mike Rettger Memorial Basketball Tournament at Franklin Regional.

Norwin (2-1) outscored Monessen, 10-3, over the final four minutes to pull out a 68-63 victory.

Although the Greyhounds fell to 0-3, Monessen coach Joe Salvino saw some positives from his team's effort.

“I was proud that we never quit,” Salvino 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 raced out to a 20-11 lead after one quarter and was on the verge of an easy win.

Monessen controlled the tempo over the next two quarters and eventually over took the Knights, taking a 53-52 lead into the fourth quarter.

Lavalle Rush and Javon Brown combined for 16 points in the third quarter for Monessen.

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.

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

Javon Brown and lavelle Rush each had 16 points for Monessen.

Norwin will play Franklin Regional at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the championship game, while Monessen will meet Westinghouse at 6.

Washington 64,Ringgold 34

The Prexies (3-0) handed the Rams (1-1) their first loss as Nate Swart scored a game-high 22 points for the winners.

Nobody reached double figures for the Rams were led by George Martin with eight points.

The Rams trailed in the contest, 19-17, at halftime, but were outscored 28-9 in the third quarter.

Ringgold hosts Laurel Highlands tonight.

Elizabeth Forward 67,Laurel Highlands 43

EF (4-0) outscored the Mustangs 40-18 in the second and third quarters to win going away.

Matt Bernadowski led the Warriors with 15 points while Jasano Brooks had 14 and JaQuan Davidson had 10 points and eight assists.

Brooks scored 10 of his points in the third quarter when EF outscored Laurel Highlands 24-10 to take a 51-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

EF hosts Frazier tonight.

Char-Houston 70, California 60

The Trojans lost the first game under new coach Steve Luko as C-H got 19 points from A.J. Myers and 17 from Miles Williamson.

California was led by Austin Wingo and Aaron Previsky with 14 points each while Demetri Clements added 13 and Tray Matthews had 10.

California goes to Mapletown Thursday.

Carmichaels 57,Frazier 55

Frazier's furious fourth quarter rally came up just short as the Commodores outscored the Mikes 22-12 in the final period.

Frazier (1-1) got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Charles Manack, 14 from Roger Cline and 10 from L.A. Ross, but could not overcome the 31-point effort of Carmichaels' Brandon Lawless.

Yough 57,East Allegheny 46

Josh Sterner had 17 points, and Alex Bowman (14) and Joe Pleva (10) also were in double figures to help Yough (1-2) to a non-section win. Marcus Gainer had 14 points for East Allegheny.

Girls

Frazier 56,Carmichaels 44

Cassidy Guiser had 20 points to carry Frazier (1-1) to their first win of the season in a non-section matchup.

Hannah Kline added 13 for Frazier while carmichaels (2-1) got 26 points from Caroline Cree.

The Lady Commodores will play their second game of a five-game homestand when they host Bentworth on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tip.

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