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Leopards drop Cougars in Classic

| Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 12:46 a.m.
Rich Downer | For The Valley Independent
Belle Vernon Area's Jason Capco lays one in as Charleroi's Matt Indorante attempts to take a charge during the Leopards' 81-57 win over the Cougars in the Charleroi Federal Holiday Classic at Charleroi High School on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

The Belle Vernon Area boys' basketball team exploded for 32 first-quarter points Friday en route to an 81-57 victory over Charleroi at the Charleroi Federal Holiday Classic.

The Leopards drained a dozen 3-pointers and had four players reach double figures, led by Travis Snyder (20 points, four 3s). Phil Baldini added 17 points and three 3-pointers for BVA, who have surpassed the 80-point plateau on back-to-back days.

“I've got to say both nights, we did two things: we defended extremely hard and we made the extra pass and got good shots,” BVA coach Kyle DeGregorio said. “It was a fast up and down the floor game and I think both nights, we wore the other teams out.”

DeGregorio praised point guard Jason Capco, who finished with 14 points and 11 assists.

“He was so unselfish he made everyone around him better both offensively and defensively,” DeGregorio said. “His floor game was great, he got into the gaps in the zone and gave the shooter a quality pass. … He was a college basketball player tonight.”

BVA (4-2) has now surpassed its win total from last year and will play Steel Valley in tonight's championship game.

“We got that monkey off our backs,” DeGregorio said.

John Arnold led Charleroi (4-3) with 22 points.

“They played harder than any team I've seen. They don't let you set up any offense and they pressure you up and down the court,” Charleroi coach Bill Wiltz said. “They love to take the ball to the hole and we didn't play well and stop any of that.”

The Charleroi tournament concludes tonight with the following schedule: California Area vs. Yough at 6 p.m.; Charleroi vs. Southmoreland at 7:30 p.m.; Belle Vernon Area vs. Steel Valley, 9 p.m.

Seton LaSalle 72, Monessen 62

Monessen had three players score in double figures and got a double-double from Justice Rawlins (12 points, 10 rebounds) but it wasn't enough to stop Seton LaSalle at the Sto-Rox tournament.

Dale Clancy had 26 points and Ryan Norkus added 22 for Seton-LaSalle (7-0) and the Greyhounds succumbed to a 23-10 run in the third quarter.

“It wasn't anything we didn't do or that they did exceptionally well; the ball went in for them and it didn't go in for us,” Monessen coach Joe Salvino said. “For the most part, I thought we handled them and played fairly well except for the third quarter.”

Javon Brown scored a team-high 17 points and Clintell Gillaspie added 15 points on four 3-pointers for Monessen (3-4). The Greyhounds play Wilkinsburg at 5 p.m. today in the consolation game.

Yough 56, Bentworth 32

Josh Sterner remained red hot, dropping in 29 points, and Yough ran past the Bearcats at the Charleroi Federal Holiday Classic.

Sterner, who scored 33 in Thursday's loss to Charleroi, has 62 points in the past two games.

The Cougars (3-7) jumped out to a 39-16 lead at halftime.

Damon Petroca-Bakos led Bentworth (1-7) with 10 points.

Peters Township 48, Ringgold 28

After holding a four-point lead early on, Ringgold struggled to keep up with the host team at the Peters Township tournament.

The Rams led, 10-6, after one quarter but managed just 18 points the rest of the way.

George Martin scored 10 points to lead Ringgold, who plays the 6 p.m. consolation game today against South Fayette.

Elizabeth Forward 51, Connellsville 48

Three players scored in double figures for EF, who remained undefeated on the season at the West Allegheny tournament.

The Warriors (8-0) got a combined 32 points from Matt Bernadowski (12), Austin Matta (10) and Jasano Brooks (10).

Trent Bauer scored a game-best 23 points for Connellsville (4-3).

EF takes on Washington in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. today.

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