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Streaking Monessen beats Brownsville, 66-51

| Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
Rich Downer/For The Valley Independent
Monessen's Clintell Gillaspie leads the Greyhounds with an average of 18.9 points per game.

The Monessen Greyhounds will take a three-game winning streak into the Sto-Rox Holiday Tournament after knocking off visiting Brownsville, 66-51, in a non-section contest Monday night.

The Greyhounds (3-3) seized control of the game against the Falcons (4-4) in the second quarter and never left the losers back into the contest, although the hosts looked a little ragged in the fourth quarter.

“I thought at times we played really well, especially early in the game,” said Monessen coach Joe Salvino. “But we have to be a little smarter with the our shot selection. We were up 20 points ad we shot three three-pointers in like 30 seconds.

“There is no need to be firing up threes when you are 20 points ahead and we should know that by now.”

The Greyhounds went on a 10-2 run to open up a 10-4 lead in the first quarter, but that was only a glimpse of what was to come in the second quarter.

Monessen outscored the Falcons 24-11 to take a 40-22 lead on Jaden Altomore's three-pointer with 51 seconds left in the first half.

Monessen went into intermission leading, 41-26, and started the third quarter with a 13-3 run to open up a commanding 54-29 lead. Clintell Gillaspie hit three treys in the third quarter spree as he was en route to scoring a game-high 19 points.

With the game seeming in hand, the Greyhounds allowed the Falcons to cut the gap to 12 points (61-49) on an 8-0 run to start the fourth quarter.

But that was as close as the Falcons would get as the Greyhounds played keep-away with the ball the last 2:30 of the contest.

“We won three straight and I'm pleased with that, but the goal is to get better every single game and I don't know if we got any better (from our last game),” Salvino said. “We play (unbeaten) Seton-La Salle in the Sto-Rox tournament and if we don't get any better, they will beat us.”

Joining Gillaspie in double figures for Monessen was Justice Rawlins, who had 11 points and eight rebounds. Tyler Yuille had 13 rebounds and Javon Brown had nine points, five assists and five steals.

Brownsville was led by Cole Novotney with 17 points and Deshawtae Bell with 13.

Avella 81, Bentworth 67

The Bearcats (1-5) couldn't contain the Eagles' Brandon Miller, who scored a game-high 33 points.

Bentworth got 22 points from Damon Petroca-Bakos and 14 each from Angelo Rios-Lopez and Zach Roeker.

Girls

Ringgold 42, Carlynton 41

The Lady Rams (5-3) won as Kara Foster hit the game-winning layup with 2.5 seconds left in the contest.

Ringgold outscored the hosts 22-9 in the second half to come away with the non-section win.

Bailey Cooper led Ringgold with 17 points while teammate Eleni Radic added 14.

Carlynton (6-1) got a game-high 23 points from Conor Richardson, including seven three-pointers.

California 53, Yough 34

The Lady Trojans (5-2) got 15 points and 10 blocked shots from Tristen Conway in the non-section game.

Teammate Kylie Huffman added 11 points.

Samantha Peebles led Yough (1-7) with nine points.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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