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Charleroi's John Arnold (54) puts up two against Brownsville's Travis Bevard (3) in the 1st quarter at Brownsville High School on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 12:31 a.m.

The final score read: Belle Vernon Area 65, California 44.

It very easily could have read: Belle Vernon Area 1, California 0, as in BVA had Jason Capco and California didn't.

Capco scored 23 points, including 18 in a dazzling third quarter performance, as the Leps turned a close game into a rout, winning the non-section tilt, 65-44.

BVA (5-4) led 26-20 at halftime on the strength of a 13-2 run in the second quarter. The surge was sparked by Capco and Jimmy Yantko, who combined for 10 points in the spree.

Capco scored the first seven points of the third quarter to make it 33-20, and it was only a signal of things to come.

By the time the quarter ended, Capco scored 18 of BVA's 20 points, including four of his five 3-pointers, as the Leps opened up a 46-35 lead.

“I am so proud of my team, really,” said California coach Bruno Pappasergi. “It seems like all we play these days are Class AAA schools, but we played really hard. We just didn't have an answer for Capco. He got hot in the third quarter and we couldn't cool him off.

“Not to take anything away from the rest of their kids, but the difference tonight was they had Jason capco and we didn't.”

The Leps pulled away in the fourth quarter as Billy Burrows hit three of his five 3-pointers.

Burrows finished the game with 15 points.

California (4-6), which has played four AAA schools in its last five games, was led by Trey Matthews with 11 points.

Ringgold 63, E. Allegheny 49

The Rams (2-7, 1-3) snapped a seven-game losing streak as they picked up their first win in Section 4 AAA.

Dayshore Majors led a quartet of Ringgold players in double figures with 16 points, 11 coming in the second half.

Also hitting double figures for the Rams were Shakal Brooks (14 points), George Martin (12) and David Santina (10).

Trailing 22-19 at halftime, Ringgold won the game by outscoring the hosts 41-30 in the second half.

EA (0-10, 0-3) got a game-high 18 points from Justin Horner while Eddi Gibbs had 11 and Taijzon Brown had 10.

Jeff-Morgan 65, Bentworth 49

The Bearcats (1-9, 1-4) lost the Section 5 AA game despite getting 18 points from Damon Patrola-Bakos and 16 from Angelo Rios-Lopez.

J-M (5-7, 2-3) was led by Rece Henneman with 16 points.

The Rockets broke open a 15-11 game by outscoring Bentworth 15-6 in the second quarter for a 30-17 halftime lead.

Frazier 67, Carmichaels 52

Frazier (6-4) knocked Carmichaels (9-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten in the non-section game.

The Commodores got 20 points from Charles Manack, 15 from Tyler Kennedy and 10 from Roger Cline.

The Mikes were led by Brandon Lawless with 19 points.

GirlsFrazier 31, Carmichaels 29

The Lady Commodores (7-3) won the low-scoring non-section contest.

Lauren Timko had 10 points for Frazier, while Carmichaels (2-8) got 11 points from Caroline Cree.

Frazier hosts Geibel tonight.

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

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